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This month's images - September 2017


Oak galls
Oak trees suffer attacks from various wasps that cause galls. Above left a good acorn is accompanied by a knopper gall and on a nearby tree in Linslade Woods there were oak apples. 16 September 2017.





Dock bugs - Coreus marginatus
Dock bugs (Coreus marginatus) congregate before hibernating at this time of year. These two youngsters were part of a small group in Linslade Woods, 12 September 2017.





Southern hawker dragonfly
This Southern hawker dragonfly was waiting for the sunshine to warm him up - Linslade Woods, 12 September 2017.





Sparrowhawk
A female sparrowhawk making a meal of a feral pigeon in our garden, Alwins Field, 7 September 2017.





Common lizard
A common lizard basking in fleeting sunshine, Linslade Woods (Knaves Hill entrance), 4 September 2017.





Juvenile warbler
A juvenile warbler catching flies in the reeds of the River Ouzel near the Globe Inn on 2 September 2017.





Mute swan
A mute swan cruises out of the shadows on the River Ouzel near the Globe Inn, 2 September 2017.





Small tortoiseshell butterfly
A small tortoiseshell butterfly on a thistle; the River Ouzel meadows,  2 September 2017.





Red admiral butterfly
A red admiral butterfly feasting on blackberries in Linslade Woods on 1 September 2017.





Comma butterfly
A comma butterfly at rest in the sunshine, photographed in Linslade Woods, 1 September 2017.





Painted lady butterfly
Painted lady butterfly in our garden, Alwins Field, 1 September 2017.
Painted lady butterfly close-up
This close-up shows how the proboscis (tongue) of the butterfly is made up of two tubes side-by-side, which give it strength and stop it getting in a tangle.

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