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This month's images - 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 Gree-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.

  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.

  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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