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Archive images - April 2020

Large Red Damselfly
  Large Red Damselfly, just emerged from our garden pond, Alwins Field, 26 April 2020.

Five-spotted Club-horned Wasp
  Five-spotted Club-horned Wasp (Sapyga quinquepunctata), Alwins Field, 24 April 2020. The observant will notice that this only has three spots and quite obvious red bands on the abdomen - this is a female.
It was very small (about 8mm) and the species is a cleptoparasite of solitary bees.

House Martin
  One of the House Martins that nest at Grove Church, 23 April 2020.

Common tern with fish
  A Common Tern with a fish it had just caught from the canal at Grove Church, 23 April 2020.

Black-headed Gull
  A Black-headed Gull over the canal at Grove Church, 23 April 2020.

Red Admiral butterfly
  Red Admiral butterfly at Grovebury, 23 April 2020.

  There is a lot of Jack-by-the-hedge in flower at the moment. This is one plant on the Ouzel Walk near Aldi, 22 April 2020.

  Several small Chub were in the River Ouzel near Aldi, 22 April 2020.

Holly Blue butterfly - female
  A female Holly Blue butterfly, with large dark margins to the front wings. Ouzel Walk, 22 April 2020.

Frog tadpole
  One of the Frog tadpoles collected from our garden pond earlier in the month. The back legs are starting to grow and there is a recognisable eye. Alwins Field, 20 April 2020.

Greenbottle - Lucilia sericata
  A male Greenbottle fly (Lucilia sericata) in All Saints churchyard, Leighton Buzzard, 17 April 2020.
Not everyone's favourite, but a useful recycler, and a very pretty metallic green in the sunshine.

Orange Tip butterfly
  Orange Tip butterfly, Alwins Field, 15 April 2020.
The male Orange Tip lives up to his name but the female has mostly-white upper wings.

Holly Blue butterfly - male
  Holly Blue butterfly, Alwins Field Allotments, 12 April 2020.
This is a male. He has a narrow dark border to his forewing, while the female's is broader.

Slender groundhopper
  Slender Groundhopper, Alwins Field, 8 April 2020.
Groundhoppers are like small grasshoppers but, whereas grasshoppers all die off in the winter, groundhoppers can overwinter as adults or as larvae. This one has probably just come out of his winter quarters.

Rook close-up
  Close-up of a Rook on our garden fence, Alwins Field, 8 April 2020.

Brimstone butterfly
  Female Brimstone butterfly, feeding on a Bluebell in Linslade Woods, 7 April 2020.

Peacock butterfly
  Peacock butterfly, Linslade Woods, 7 April 2020.

Tawny mining bee - female
A female Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva), just emerged in Linslade Woods, 7 April 2020. The male (see below) is much duller.

  Barn Swallow near Corbett's Hill Farm, 5 April 2020.

  Wren near the River Ouzel, 5 April 2020.

Mallard with ducklings
  Mallard duck with twelve ducklings on the River Ouzel, 5 April 2020.

  Chiffchaff singing in Globe Lane, 5 April 2020.

Pine Ladybird - Exochomus quadripustulatus
  Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) in our garden, Alwins Field, 3 April 2020. It's actually very small - much smaller than the common 7-spot or the Harlequin!

Tawny Mining Bee - Andrena fulva, male
  A male Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) in our garden, Alwins Field, 3 April 2020. He has a conspicuous white "beard" in between long, black mandibles. The female is quite different, with an extensive tawny fur coat.

Good Friday Grass -
  Good Friday Grass (aka Field Wood-rush, Luzula campestris), coming into flower on our "lawn" Alwins Field, 1 April 2020.

Frog tadpoles
  Frog tadpoles developing, still in the jelly of the spawn, in our garden pond, Alwins Field,
 1 April 2020.

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