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Picture-winged flies

John C. writes:

As people might know, there was a ‘BioBlitz’ organised by WODC and TVERC at Kilkenny Country Park on Sunday 7 August. Sue and I went along to a couple of the sessions to see what we could ‘blitz’.

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Oxford Swifts

Elaine S. writes:

The swifts in my road in North Oxford seem to have gone.

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Glowworms at Swinbrook

John C writes:

Who, late on a warm summer evening, doesn’t delight in finding a glowing female glowworm? The reaction of someone seeing one for the first time is always ‘Oh, WOW!’

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Red Legged Shield Bugs

John C writes:

Watering my tomatoes the other evening, I came across this pair of red-legged shield bugs on one of the canes.

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Unusual Starling

Adrian State writes:

I got rather excited today, I was eating my breakfast in the back garden at 6:30am when I spotted this unusual starling amongst the flock of up to 150 starlings I regularly get on my back lawn in Brize Norton.

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Shilton Swifts

David Roberts writes:

We have been having a good year in Shilton again this year with our Swifts, up until the last couple of exceptionally hot days. It was a slow start in May and June but things picked up after this with good numbers of 25-30 birds.

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Hailey Road Rescues

Sue Morton writes:

Recently I’ve saved two day-glo green creatures from a messy end on the pavement in Hailey Road. The first was an oak bush-cricket nymph which was wandering around on the pavement under a large lime tree.

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Colourful Bugs

John Cobb writes:

Butterflies and moths, and dragonflies are probably the largest, most spectacular insects we get in the UK and have a big following. Others, although much smaller, can also be colourful and worth a close look. If they’re busy feeding they also tend to stay put, and let you look at them!

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Emerging Scarlet Tiger

John Cobb writes:

Yesterday, coming in after emptying the tea leaves on the garden at Sue’s house, I noticed something dark and very crumpled looking about a foot up from the bottom of the door frame.

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Lime Hawkmoth

Sue Morton writes:

I know there are lime hawkmoths in the lime trees in my road, because every summer I find a few of their caterpillars on the pavement….