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Our photographers have provided an intriguing mix of new images this month. We have David Pattyn's intimate studies of great crested grebes, Jiri Lochman's rare images of Australia's lesser known marsupials, some great macro work from Alex Hyde and Stephen Dalton, and varied material from the Americas, spanning the plains of Canada, the coastal reserves of Mexico and the endemic species of the Galapagos. Tony Wu, Claudio Contreras, David Fleetham and Shane Gross add some fascinating new behavioural material on fish and marine life around the world. Watch out too from some fresh takes on urban foxes and badgers!
Trails left on sand-covered rock from Edible periwinkle (Littorina littorea) grazing on algae. Cornwall, UK. May.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Trails left on sand-covered rock from Edible periwinkle (Littorina littorea) grazing on algae. Cornwall, UK. May.
Feeding trails from Common snails (Helix aspersa) grazing algae growing on black paint. The rows of chitinous, recurved teeth (the cuticula, part of the radula) leave a distinctive zigzag pattern. Der...  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Feeding trails from Common snails (Helix aspersa) grazing algae growing on black paint. The rows of chitinous, recurved teeth (the cuticula, part of the radula) leave a distinctive zigzag pattern. Der...
Sallow kitten moth (Furcula furcula), Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August. Focus stacke image.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Sallow kitten moth (Furcula furcula), Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August. Focus stacke image.
Peppered moth (Biston betularia) showing a comparison of the melanistic form f. carbonaria next to the typical paler form on dark soot-covered bark. The melanistic form has long been cited by genetic...  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Peppered moth (Biston betularia) showing a comparison of the melanistic form f. carbonaria next to the typical paler form on dark soot-covered bark. The melanistic form has long been cited by genetic...
Peppered moth (Biston betularia) showing a comparison of the melanistic form f. carbonaria next to the typical paler form. The melanistic form has long been cited by genetic studies as an example of i...  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Peppered moth (Biston betularia) showing a comparison of the melanistic form f. carbonaria next to the typical paler form. The melanistic form has long been cited by genetic studies as an example of i...
Peppered moth (Biston betularia), camouflaged on lichen-encrusted Birch (Betula sp.) tree trunk. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. July.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Peppered moth (Biston betularia), camouflaged on lichen-encrusted Birch (Betula sp.) tree trunk. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. July.
Beautiful hook-tip moth (Laspeyria flexula). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. June. Focus stacked image.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Beautiful hook-tip moth (Laspeyria flexula). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. June. Focus stacked image.
Marbled minor moth (Oligia strigilis) England, UK.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Marbled minor moth (Oligia strigilis) England, UK.
Close-up of scales on underside of Red admiral butterfly wing (Vanessa atalanta). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August. Focus stacked image.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Close-up of scales on underside of Red admiral butterfly wing (Vanessa atalanta). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August. Focus stacked image.
Elephant hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor), close up of head, showing detail of compound eye. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. May. Focus stacked image.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Elephant hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor), close up of head, showing detail of compound eye. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. May. Focus stacked image.
Unidentified Planthopper insect (Euricania cf. splendida) from the family Ricaniidae, Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, December  -  Bert Willaert
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Bert Willaert / Unidentified Planthopper insect (Euricania cf. splendida) from the family Ricaniidae, Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, December
Silver washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia) in flight after take off, Sussex, England, UK. July.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Silver washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia) in flight after take off, Sussex, England, UK. July.
Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) in flightSussex, England, UK, July.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) in flightSussex, England, UK, July.
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on fleabane England, UK.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on fleabane England, UK.
Spider wasp (Pompilidae) with spider prey, Buxa Tiger Reserve, India.  -  Ripan Biswas
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Ripan Biswas / Spider wasp (Pompilidae) with spider prey, Buxa Tiger Reserve, India.
Eucharited Wasp (Eucharitedae) parasitic wasp, which attacks ants, Coochbehar, India.  -  Ripan Biswas
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Ripan Biswas / Eucharited Wasp (Eucharitedae) parasitic wasp, which attacks ants, Coochbehar, India.
Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceu) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. July.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceu) Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. July.
Emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) injecting venom into cockroach, before it drags it down to its den. Buxa tiger reserve, India.  -  Ripan Biswas
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Ripan Biswas / Emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) injecting venom into cockroach, before it drags it down to its den. Buxa tiger reserve, India.
Thorny devil stick insect (Eurycantha calcarata), Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, December  -  Bert Willaert
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Bert Willaert / Thorny devil stick insect (Eurycantha calcarata), Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, December
European cave spider (Meta sp.) female guarding egg sac on cave roof. Lathkill Dale National Nature Reserve, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. July.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / European cave spider (Meta sp.) female guarding egg sac on cave roof. Lathkill Dale National Nature Reserve, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. July.
Cordyceps fungus sporing bodies emerging from daddy long legs, Coochbehar, India.  -  Ripan Biswas
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Ripan Biswas / Cordyceps fungus sporing bodies emerging from daddy long legs, Coochbehar, India.
Common Orb Weaver (Metellina sp.) male. With the camera at a very precise angle to the sun, the silk of the web refracted the light into a rainbow of coloured bands.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Common Orb Weaver (Metellina sp.) male. With the camera at a very precise angle to the sun, the silk of the web refracted the light into a rainbow of coloured bands.
Green crab spider (Diaea dorsata) England, UK.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Green crab spider (Diaea dorsata) England, UK.
Globular springtail (Dicyrtomina saundersi) on dew-covered dead leaf. Derbyshire, UK. October.  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Globular springtail (Dicyrtomina saundersi) on dew-covered dead leaf. Derbyshire, UK. October.
American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in a spring-fed cave, Florida, USA.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in a spring-fed cave, Florida, USA.
Wolf-eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) male near his den in Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Wolf-eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) male near his den in Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Fat greenling (Hexagrammos otakii) male in the background. The purple eggs in the middle, however, belong to an all-female hybrid species (Hexagrammos octogrammus x H. otakii) that produces all-female...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Fat greenling (Hexagrammos otakii) male in the background. The purple eggs in the middle, however, belong to an all-female hybrid species (Hexagrammos octogrammus x H. otakii) that produces all-female...
Spotty-bellied greenling (Hexagrammos agrammus) male, protecting several clutches of eggs resulting from spawning with multiple females. During the autumn/ winter breeding season, males keeps watch ov...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Spotty-bellied greenling (Hexagrammos agrammus) male, protecting several clutches of eggs resulting from spawning with multiple females. During the autumn/ winter breeding season, males keeps watch ov...
Fat greenling (Hexagrammos otakii) male tending to eggs, Hokkaido, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Fat greenling (Hexagrammos otakii) male tending to eggs, Hokkaido, Japan.
Fat greenling (Hexagrammos otakii) eggs nearing maturity, with eyes and vascular structure visible. Hokkaido, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Fat greenling (Hexagrammos otakii) eggs nearing maturity, with eyes and vascular structure visible. Hokkaido, Japan.
Close-up view of newly spawned Spotty-bellied greenling eggs (Hexagrammos agrammus). Each egg is about 3mm in size. Photographed at a magnification of four times life size. Hokkaido, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Close-up view of newly spawned Spotty-bellied greenling eggs (Hexagrammos agrammus). Each egg is about 3mm in size. Photographed at a magnification of four times life size. Hokkaido, Japan.
Close-up abstract of the eggs of kelp greenling fish (Hexagrammos decagrammus) off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Close-up abstract of the eggs of kelp greenling fish (Hexagrammos decagrammus) off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Panamic green moray (Gymnothorax castaneus), Puerto Escondido, Loreto Bay National Park, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico, August  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Panamic green moray (Gymnothorax castaneus), Puerto Escondido, Loreto Bay National Park, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico, August
Panamic sergeant major (Abudefduf troschelii) guarding egg mass, removing seastar that was coming too close to egg mass, Punta Resbaladilla, south of El Tecolote, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), M...  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Panamic sergeant major (Abudefduf troschelii) guarding egg mass, removing seastar that was coming too close to egg mass, Punta Resbaladilla, south of El Tecolote, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), M...
Panamic sergeant major (Abudefduf troschelii) guarding egg mass, removing seastar that was coming to close to egg mass, Punta Resbaladilla, south of El Tecolote, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Me...  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Panamic sergeant major (Abudefduf troschelii) guarding egg mass, removing seastar that was coming to close to egg mass, Punta Resbaladilla, south of El Tecolote, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Me...
Giant damselfish (Microspathodon dorsalis) guarding egg mass, Coronado Island, Loreto Bay National Park, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico, August  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Giant damselfish (Microspathodon dorsalis) guarding egg mass, Coronado Island, Loreto Bay National Park, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico, August
Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) Philippines.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) Philippines.
School of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) fish in a spring, Florida, USA.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / School of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) fish in a spring, Florida, USA.
Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) migrate up river, Vancouver Island, Canada.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) migrate up river, Vancouver Island, Canada.
Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific
Composite image of various Syllidae polychaete worms that gathered around a light at night in order to prey upon smaller animals that are attracted to the light. These worms were less than 1cm in size...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Composite image of various Syllidae polychaete worms that gathered around a light at night in order to prey upon smaller animals that are attracted to the light. These worms were less than 1cm in size...
Northern kelp crab (Pugettia producta) clinging to a fallen tree branch off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Northern kelp crab (Pugettia producta) clinging to a fallen tree branch off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Panamic cushion star (Pentaceraster cumingi), Botella Point, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico, August  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Panamic cushion star (Pentaceraster cumingi), Botella Point, Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico, August
Elegant conch (Lentigo pipus) close up of eye stalks, Philippines.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Elegant conch (Lentigo pipus) close up of eye stalks, Philippines.
Snowy egret (Egretta thula) fishing in pond, with autumn reflections of yellow ash tree on the water. Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Gilbert, Arizona, USA, December.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Snowy egret (Egretta thula) fishing in pond, with autumn reflections of yellow ash tree on the water. Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Gilbert, Arizona, USA, December.
RF - Long-tailed duck or Old-squaw (Clangula hyemalis) male, Varanger Peninsula, Norway, Scandinavia (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / RF - Long-tailed duck or Old-squaw (Clangula hyemalis) male, Varanger Peninsula, Norway, Scandinavia (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
RF - Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) flying, Hornoya, Varanger, Finnmark, Norway (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / RF - Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) flying, Hornoya, Varanger, Finnmark, Norway (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Sandhill cranes (Antigone candensis), in flight against the setting full moon at dawn. Whitwater Draw, Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife area, Arizona, USA.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sandhill cranes (Antigone candensis), in flight against the setting full moon at dawn. Whitwater Draw, Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife area, Arizona, USA.
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