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This month's images - May 2018


Mute
                  swan cygnets
Six mute swan cygnets on the canal at Linslade, 21 May 2018.





Hoverfly - Merodon equestris
It looks like a furry bee at first glance, but it's not - it's a fly - the antennae are too short and the eyes too big for a bee.
It is a hoverfly (Merodon equestris) in a garden in Rotshchild Road, Linslade, 21 May 2018.





Banded demoiselles
Banded demoiselles attempting to mate, Tiddenfoot WP, 20 May 2018.





Cardinal beetle
Cardinal beetle at Tiddenfoot WP, 20 May 2018.





Hedgehog
Hedgehog in our garden, Alwins Field, 18 May 2018, choosing to eat dried mealworms in preference to the special hedgehog food.





Harlequin ladybird
One of the many varieties of harlequin ladybird in close-up. This one was in Linslade Woods on 18 May 2018.





Ichneumon
A female ichneumon wasp in Linslade Woods on 18 May 2018.
The long black pointy thing at the back end is not a stinger, it is an ovipositor - it drills into wood and lays eggs into a beetle larva if it can find one. Its body was about 25mm long, and the ovipositor the same.





Grey heron
Grey heron fishing in the old Stockgrove lake at Rushmere CP. It seems to be a young bird. 15 May 2018.





Herb bennet - wood avens
Herb bennet (wood avens) in flower in Linslade woods, 13 May 2018.





Crucifer shieldbug
A crucifer shield bug on Jack-by-the-hedge in Linslade Woods on 13 May 2018.





Hairy shieldbug
A hairy shieldbug in Linslade Woods, 13 May 2018.





Downy emerald dragonfly
This young downy emerald dragonfly landed on my hat at Sandhouse Lane NR, 9 May 2018. It is a male and as it matures its eyes and most of the rest of it will become green.





Four-spotted chaser
One of many four-spotted chaser dragonflies at Sandhouse Lane NR on 9 May 2018.





Large red damselfly
A large red damselfly at Sandhouse Lane NR on 9 May 2018.





Carrion crow
One of a pair of carrion crows that terrorise all the other birds in our garden (except for the ducks), Alwins Field, 8 May 2018. (He's rather handsome with his raised crest.)





Robin juvenile
A juvenile robin (no red breast feathers yet) waiting to be fed in our garden, Alwins Field, 8 May 2018. (Look out for the crow!)





Common tern
A common tern patrolling the canal at Grove Church, 6 May 2018.





Grey wagtail
A grey wagtail near Grove Church, Leighton Buzzard, 6 May 2018.





Honey bee
A honey bee worker on green alkanet in the churchyard at All Saints, Leighton Buzzard, 5 May 2018.
Honey bees have had a hard winter and many colonies have died.





Holly blue butterfly
A holly blue butterfly, All Saints LB, 5 May 2018.
The upperside is quite blue, but the underside of the wings are greyish and it looks like a grey butterfly on the wing.





Buff-tailed bumblebee queen
A buff-tailed bumblebee queen in Linslade Woods, 4 May 2018.





Large white butterfly
A large white butterfly in Linslade Woods, 4 May 2018.





Bluebells
Plenty of bluebells in Linslade Woods now - 3 May 2018.





Nomad bee
A nomad bee in Linslade Woods, 3 May 2018.
These bees are like cuckoos - they lay their eggs in other bees' nests.





Orange-tip butterfly
One of the treats of Spring - an orange-tip butterfly.
Linslade Woods, 3 May 2018.





Flower bee
A flower bee about to alight on ground ivy.
Alwins Field, 1 May 2018.





Robin
One of the robins nesting nearby about to take another seed from the feeder in our garden, Alwins Field, 1 May 2018. The fledglings (hidden around the garden) need feeding all the time.





Blackbird
Mrs Blackbird on our garden fence, Alwins Field, 1 May 2018.
She's the one with the scraggy tail and we guess that it's the same bird that we saw here last year.




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