Alder Leaf Beetle

This shiny midnight blue beetle was believed to be extinct in Britain from 1946 until their rediscovery in 2004,since when it has increased in both range and abundance. It is now flourishing on the banks of Swan Lake, where you can see holes it makes in the leaves of the Alder trees as it feeds.

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Common Blue Damselfly

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