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This month's images - October 2020

Ichneumon xanthorius
  Ichneumon xanthorius on our garage, Alwins Field, 19 October 2020.
Ichneumons are parasitic wasps but they can be identified by their very long antennae. This female has about 30 segments, whereas social wasps and bees have 12 or 13 segments.

Leafhopper - Ledra aurita
  Nymph of the Eared Leafhopper Ledra aurita (about 8mm) in Linslade Woods on 15 October 2020.
This creature is very difficult to spot owing to its camouflage that matches the bark of trees it inhabits. Click here to watch a video of this creature.

Speckled Wood butterfly
  Speckled Wood butterfly in Linslade Woods on 11 October 2020.

Dock Bug
  The Dock Leatherbug (Coreus marginatus) hibernates over winter but can sometimes still be seen in the sunshine. This was one of several in Linslade Woods, 10 October 2020.

Cranefly - close-up
  Crane-flies are unusual in having long, forward-pointing heads. This close-up was taken in Knaves Hill on 7 October 2020. (Most flies have downward pointing heads.)

White Dead-nettle
  White Dead-nettles flowering by the River Ouzel, 7 October 2020.

Bumble-bee on Comfrey
  A Bumble-bee collecting pollen from Comfrey growing by the River Ouzel, 1 October 2020.

Cross Spider
  A Cross Spider spinning her web by the River Ouzel, 1 October 2020.

White-lipped Snail
  Snails like it a bit wetter; this one is a White-lipped Snail and it was on Nettles by the River Ouzel on 1 October 2020.

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