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Monday 14 September 2020
Autumnal rustic, Christophstal September 2020

Autumnal rustic, Christophstal September 2020

Broad-bordered yellow underwing, Christophstal September 2020

Broad-bordered yellow underwing, Christophstal September 2020

Angle shades, Christophstal September 2020

Angle shades, Christophstal September 2020

European hornet, Christophstal September 2020

European hornet, Christophstal September 2020

It was mild enough to put the moth trap out last night. There was a reasonable number of species including a new one for the garden, an autumnal rustic. I've never seen one of these before, even in the UK, despite them being reasonably common.

This broad-bordered yellow underwing had me puzzled - it had red underwings. Unfortunately, I only saw this when it was too dark to photograph.

Christine spotted an angle shades moth in the front garden too - not a new species, but one I hadn't photographed in Germany up until now.

There was a hornet in the trap too.

Sunday 13 September 2020

In a last ditch attempt to get our vapourer moth knocked-up, we put her ourside on the north side of the house while we went for a run. When Christine got back, there was a male vapourer in the box with the female. He'd obviously finished his business and was off to find his next conquest.

Only a few minutes later, the female began laying eggs - she spent the most of the afternoon pumping them out. I'll put up some video of that soon.

An upland green bush cricket was sitting in one of our window boxes late this afternoon.

Vapourer moth during egg laying, Christophstal September 2020

Vapourer moth during egg laying, Christophstal September 2020

Vapourer moth during egg laying, Christophstal September 2020

Vapourer moth during egg laying, Christophstal September 2020

Upland green bush cricket, Christophstal September 2020

Upland green bush cricket, Christophstal September 2020

Saturday 12 September 2020
Vapourer moth, ex larva, Friedrichstal September 2020

Vapourer moth, ex larva, Friedrichstal September 2020

My vapourer moth emerged today and I was lucky - it was a female. This meant I could use her to try to attract a male to the garden and get a new species (as she was actually collected from Friedrichstal I couldn't count her as a garden species).

We put her outside all day and overnight, but no males came. I'll put up some video of her soon which shows her pumping out pheromones.

Monday 7 September 2020

A few of the autumn birds were around the house today including a treecreeper and a firecrest.

Treecreeper, Christophstal September 2020

Treecreeper, Christophstal September 2020

Treecreeper, Christophstal September 2020

Treecreeper, Christophstal September 2020

Firecrest, Christophstal September 2020

Firecrest, Christophstal September 2020

Sunday 6 September 2020
Kestrel, Christophstal September 2020

Kestrel, Christophstal September 2020

Green Shield Bug Nymph, Christophstal September 2020

Green Shield Bug Nymph, Christophstal September 2020

A kestrel has been flying around the valley for the last few days.

This green shield bug nymph was sitting in our flower bed.

Saturday 5 September 2020

We took some photos of our bird seed plants today. A couple of the black nightshade berries are ripe so we picked them and placed them in our poisonous plant section.

We're trying to time the picking of our thornapples so they don't spread uncontrollably. They don't quite look ready yet.

This strange grass is also growing in the patch. After looking through our books I think it is probably cockspur.

We emptied and cleaned our bird boxes today. Here's a photo of the blue tit nesting material we pulled out. The great tit nest box was quite similar. We can see some of Christine's hair and some of out wool carpet sheddings which we put out for the birds in spring. See our videos page (Projects -> Videos) to experience the process.

The vapourer caterpillar I collected a couple of weeks ago has now pupated. I'm hoping it is going to be a female as that should attract some males to the garden. This isn't a species I've recorded in the garden yet.

Also, the green geometrid caterpillar I collected from our bird cherry back on the 22nd of May has finally pupated. That was such a long larval stage, it has me quite perplexed as to its species. I don't even know if it is likely to overwinter as a pupa or it will emerge this year.

Black nightshade berries, Christophstal September 2020

Black nightshade berries, Christophstal September 2020

Thornapple, Christophstal September 2020

Thornapple, Christophstal September 2020

Probably Cockspur grass, Christophstal September 2020

Probably Cockspur grass, Christophstal September 2020

Blue tit nesting material, Christophstal September 2020

Blue tit nesting material, Christophstal September 2020

Vapourer moth cocoon, Christophstal September 2020

Vapourer moth cocoon, Christophstal September 2020

Unknown geometrid pupa, Friedrichstal September 2020

Unknown geometrid pupa, Friedrichstal September 2020

Unknown geometric pupa, Friedrichstal September 2020

Unknown geometrid pupa, Friedrichstal September 2020

Wednesday 2 September 2020
Kingfisher, Christophstal September 2020

Kingfisher, Christophstal September 2020

The kingfisher is appearing regularly beside the pond at the moment. He seems to have a very short tail, so he's probably in moult.