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This month's images - September 2018


Willow emerald damselfly
The first year that this species has been seen in the area, this is a male Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) at Sandhouse Lane NR on 16 September 2018. These damselflies have been spreading from the East over the past few years.





Caddis fly egg mass
The egg mass created by absorption of water to make a jelly from a number of Caddis fly eggs laid on a reed, Sandhouse Lane NR,
12 September 2018.





Hoverfly
A small hoverfly (genus Sphaerophoria) at Sandhouse Lane NR,
  12 September 2018.





Water mint
A flower of Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) at Sandhouse Lane NR,
12 September 2018.





Common toad - toadlet
A toadlet (baby Common Toad) at Sandhouse Lane NR,
12 September 2018.





Common frog
Common Frog out at night in our garden, Alwins Field,
9 September 2018.





Rhodedendron Leafhopper
A Rhodedendron Leafhopper at Rushmere CP on 4 September 2018.
(It's actually quite small - about 10mm - and was introduced with its host plants from the USA in the early 1900s.)





Purple Loosestrife
Purple Loosestrife flowering near the education pond at Stockgrove,
4 September 2018.





Pompom Mallard
An unusual Mallard drake with a pompom hair-do on Stockgrove Lake 4 September 2018. The pompom has been bred into a particular domesticated variety of Mallard and it is properly called a crest.





Rudd
A small Rudd in Stockgrove Lake, 4 September 2018.





Small Copper butterfly
A Small Copper butterfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 1 September 2018.





Ruddy darter dragonfly
A Ruddy Darter dragonfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 1 September 2018.





Common Darter dragonfly
A Common Darter dragonfly hanging around our garden pond, Alwins Field, 1 September 2018.





Rhopalid Bug - Corizus hyoscyami
A Rhopalid bug (Corizus hyoscyami) in our garden flowers, Alwins Field, on 1 September 2018.




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