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Archive images - July 2020


Common Centaury
  Common Centaury coming into flower at Sandhouse Lane Nature Reserve on 30 July 2020.





Emerald Damselfly
  A mated pair of Emerald Damselflies - the female is laying eggs into a reed - at Sandhouse Lane NR, 30 July 2020.





Great Crested Newt Eft
  A Great Crested Newt Eft (a very young one) at Sandhouse Lane NR, 30 July 2020.





Ruddy Darter
  A mature, male Ruddy Darter dragonfly, on the look-out at Sandhouse Lane NR, 30 July 2020.





Six-spot Burnet Moths
  A pair of Six-spot Burnet Moths in Linslade Woods, 28 July 2020.





Scorpion Fly
  A Scorpion Fly in Linslade Woods, 28 July 2020.





Knopper Gall and Oak Acorn
  A Knopper Gall with an Oak Acorn in Linslade Woods, 28 July 2020.
Knopper Galls are acorns that have become deformed owing to a tiny wasp laying its egg in the bud.





Common Blue butterfly
  A Common Blue butterfly feeding on White Clover in Linslade Woods, 28 July 2020.





Mayfly larvae
  Mayfly larvae in our garden pond, Alwins Field, 26 July 2020.





Green Woodpecker juvenile
  A juvenile Green Woodpecker that has been visiting our garden to feed. Alwins Field, 23 July 2020.





Southern Hawker dragonfly
  A female Southern Hawker dragonfly. This is the first time this year that we have seen a female ovipositing on the rocks around our garden pond. Alwins Field, 23 July 2020.





Little Egret
  A Little Egret at Astral Lake, 21 July 2020.
Click here to watch a video.





Gatekeeper butterfly
  A Gatekeeper butterfly, showing the under-wings, Stanbridge Meadows LNR, 21 July 2020.





Hedgehog
  A Hedgehog drinking from our garden pond, Alwins Field, at night, 17 July 2020.





Grey Heron with Perch
  A Grey Heron in the canal shallows at Linslade takes a small Perch (just an afternoon snack), 13 July 2020.





Common Blue Damselfly
  There were dozens of these Common Blue damselflies at Tiddenfoot WP, 13 July 2020.





Small Copper butterfly
  A Small Copper butterfly at Tiddenfoot WP, 13 July 2020.





Peacock butterfly
  A Peacock butterfly on thistles, Ouzel Meadows, 12 July 2020.





Bee-wolf
  A Bee-wolf, a kind of wasp that preys on Honey Bees, Ouzel Meadows, 12 July 2020.





Summer Chafer beetle
  A Summer Chafer beetle in our garden, Alwins Field, 11 July 2020.





Nursery Web spider
  A Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) guarding its nursery web in a flower bed, Alwins Field, 11 July 2020.





White-letter Hairstreak butterfly
  A White-letter Hairstreak butterfly in Linslade Woods, 10 July 2020.





Frog tadpole
  A Frog tadpole with a full complement of legs but still having a tail, Alwins Field garden, 9 July 2020.





Maramalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus
  On a cool and blustery day in our garden, few insects were flying, but this little Marmalade Hoverfly is clearly tougher than the rest,
Alwins Field, 9 July 2020.





Gatekeeper butterfly
  A Gatekeeper butterfly in Linslade Woods, 7 July 2020.





Small Tortoiseshell larva
  A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly larva feeding on a nettle in Linslade Woods, 7 July 2020.





Green-veined White butterfly
  A Green-veined White butterfly in Linslade Woods, 7 July 2020.





Plant Bug - Heterotoma planicornis
  A very small, about 6mm, Plant Bug (Heterotoma planicornis) in our garden, Alwins Field, 7 July 2020. This species is easily identified by its extraordinarily enlarged second antennal segment and green legs.





Brown Hawker dragonfly
  A Brown Hawker dragonfly devouring a Large white butterfly, Kings Wood National Nature Reserve, 5 July 2020.





Common Green Grasshopper
  The Common Green Grasshopper is not actually all that common around here, but this one was in King's Wood NNR on 5 July 2020.





Purple Hairstreak butterfly
  Purple Hairstreak butterflies are quite widespread and common but are seldom seen because they live at the top of big Oak trees and rarely come down to human level. This is what you may spot if you scan with a telescope, King's Wood, 5 July 2020.





Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly
  Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly in King's Wood, 5 July 2020.
One of our biggest and most beautiful butterflies.





White-legged Damselfly
  White-legged Damselfly in King's Wood, 5 July 2020.





Small White butterfly
  Small White butterfly in a Hartwell Crescent garden, 4 July 2020.





Scarlet Tiger Moth
  One of two Scarlet Tiger Moths hiding in the raspberries on our allotment, Alwins Field, 3 July 2020.





Spider
  A tiny Candy Stripe spider in the raspberries, Alwins Field allotments, 3 July 2020. It seems to be partly camouflaged. It is most likely the species Enoplognatha ovatum, which is one of the comb-footed spiders.





Swift
  A Common Swift leaving its nest box on a house in Hartwell Crescent, 2 July 2020, after feeding its chicks. Swifts have declined a lot in the UK but there are several occupied nest boxes and roof spaces in Hartwell Crescent.





Essex Skipper butterfly
  A female Essex Skipper butterfly showing off its long proboscis in a Hartwell Crescent garden, 2 July 2020.




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