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Sunday 25 July 2021

We've noticed that our monolith resembles a sleeping elephant from some angles. Here's what we mean (I've added the eye).

Our hop is having another good year after the really bad year it had last year (it was badly infested with black fly). It has decided to flower for only the second time in nine years.

As the afternoon was drawing to a close, this female beautiful demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, flew across my path. Luckily I had my camera with me.

Sleeping elephant monolith, Christophstal July 2021

Sleeping elephant monolith, Christophstal July 2021

Hop flowers, Christophstal July 2021

Hop flowers, Christophstal July 2021

Female beautiful demoiselle, Christophstal July 2021

Female beautiful demoiselle, Christophstal July 2021

Saturday 24 July 2021
Four swallow fledglings, Christophstal July 2021

Four swallow fledglings, Christophstal July 2021

Manky pine marten, Christophstal July 2021

Manky pine marten, Christophstal July 2021

Goldfinch, Christophstal July 2021

Goldfinch, Christophstal July 2021

Goldfinch, Christophstal July 2021

Goldfinch, Christophstal July 2021

Purple emperor butterfly, Christophstal July 2021

Purple emperor butterfly, Christophstal July 2021

Vibernum leaf beetle, Christophstal July 2021

Vibernum leaf beetle, Christophstal July 2021

There were four fledgling swallows in our birch today. It seems that this is a good staging post for learning to fly, hunt and drink at the pond.

It's really unusual to see a pine marten in the middle of the afternoon. This individual is looking quite ill and seems to have some sort of skin problem or he might have been caught up in a car engine - is that oil on his head?

Looking a bit healthier, this goldfinch was amongst a group of 6 who are enjoying our thistle garden at the moment.

We had a some of our willows thinned out at the end of last year. I was concerned that that might mean the end of our purple emperor butterflies. Well today we had one so it seems no harm has been done.

Lastly, a new beetle species for the garden (although we knew they were there as our snowball tree takes a hammering every year from the larvae). This is the Viburnum leaf beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni on our snowball tree!

Friday 23 July 2021

It continues to be quite quiet in the garden from an insect perspective. There are a lot of butterflies, hoverflies and other common insects about, but there really hasn't been anything interesting happening.

On the bird side though, things are picking up again after the summer break. These two swallows were sitting in our birch for most of the afternoon, being fed by a parent.

Two baby swallows, Christophstal July 2021

Two baby swallows, Christophstal July 2021

Two baby swallows, Christophstal July 2021

Two baby swallows, Christophstal July 2021

Two baby swallows, Christophstal July 2021

Two baby swallows, Christophstal July 2021

Baby swallow, Christophstal July 2021

Baby swallow, Christophstal July 2021

Thursday 22 July 2021
Red-backed Shrike, Christophstal July 2021

Red-backed Shrike, Christophstal July 2021

Red-backed Shrike, Christophstal July 2021

Red-backed Shrike, Christophstal July 2021

I've been neglecting the birds recently, but there is a lull in the insect activity at the moment so here are a couple of photos of a male red-backed shrike that was in the garden all day today.

Wednesday 21 July 2021

After much searching, I finally found a wasp spider in the garden. This is a male, so isn't as impressive as the female, but the zigzag web is clear. This is a couple of metres away from where I found the egg sac at the end of last year - which suggests that there are a lot of these spread about all over the garden.

Male wasp spider, Christophstal July 2021

Male wasp spider, Christophstal July 2021

Sunday 18 July 2021
<em>Byrrhus pilula</em>, Christophsta July 2021

Byrrhus pilula, Christophsta July 2021

<em>Anthrenus fuscus</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Anthrenus fuscus, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Anthrenus fuscus</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Anthrenus fuscus, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar with parasitoid, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar with parasitoid, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar with parasitoid, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar with parasitoid, Christophstal July 2021

I really didn't think I'd have anything for the diary today. I took a few snaps but I didn't think there was anything interesting enough. However, I did record two new beetle species and I found the grey dagger caterpillar from Thursday - this time with its emerged parasitoid as I predicted. The Byrrhus pilula was in one of our beetle basements which is satisfying.

Saturday 17 July 2021

The day started well with this garden tiger caterpillar searching for a pupation site. Well he found a good one: in my puparium!

This pair of Dead-nettle leaf beetles were mating on hemp dead-nettle, so their name seems appropriate.

Our old maple stump is a good source of insects as it is still producing a lot of moisture. This fantastic (and reasonably rare) rove beetle, Ontholestes haroldi, was drinking there today.

Just as I was thinking there weren't any green mountain grasshoppers about this year, two turn up - one of which was sitting in a hawthorn beside our driveway.

And finally, some rather revolting slime mould. This one is Mucilago crustacea. The English common name is confusingly Dog's sick slime mould, but there's another species, Fuligo septica, which is called Dog's vomit slime mould.

Garden tiger caterpillar, Christophstal July 2021

Garden tiger caterpillar, Christophstal July 2021

Dead-nettle leaf beetles, Christophstal July 2021

Dead-nettle leaf beetles, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Ontholestes haroldi</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Ontholestes haroldi, Christophstal July 2021

Ontholestes haroldi, Christophstal July 2021

Ontholestes haroldi, Christophstal July 2021

Green mountain grasshopper, Christophstal July 2021

Green mountain grasshopper, Christophstal July 2021

Green mountain grasshopper, Christophstal July 2021

Green mountain grasshopper, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Mucilago crustacea</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Mucilago crustacea, Christophstal July 2021

Friday 16 July 2021
Common horse fly, Christophstal July 2021

Common horse fly, Christophstal July 2021

I finally got a photo of our third and most common horse fly called, appropriately enough, the common horse fly in English. I've not managed to get a photo of this species before as they're usually biting when we see them. It's deceptively beautiful with its mesmorizing eyes and patterned wings, but we know from experience, they are horrible creatures. This one was sitting on our house wall waiting to pounce. She got swatted as soon as I finished taking photos.

Thursday 15 July 2021

I took a few more photos of the Mangora acalypha spider from different angles.

While taking the additional spider photos, I found another new beetle species, Stenurella melanura.

Up in our upper garden, this grey dagger caterpillar was sitting prominently on a bird cherry leaf. I didn't collect it as it is usually the case that they are parasitized if they're in the open like that.

<em>Mangora acalypha</em>, side view, Christophstal July 2021

Mangora acalypha, side view, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Stenurella melanura</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Stenurella melanura, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar, Christophstal July 2021

Grey dagger moth caterpillar, Christophstal July 2021

Wednesday 14 July 2021
Round-leaved bedstraw, Christophstal July 2021

Round-leaved bedstraw, Christophstal July 2021

Alsike clover, Christophstal July 2021

Alsike clover, Christophstal July 2021

Tiny froglet, Christophstal July 2021

Tiny froglet, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Lagria hirta</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Lagria hirta, Christophstal July 2021

Pseudovadonia livida, Christophstal July 2021

Pseudovadonia livida, Christophstal July 2021

Pseudovadonia livida, Christophstal July 2021

Pseudovadonia livida, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Eristalis tenax</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Eristalis tenax, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Eristalis tenax</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Eristalis tenax, Christophstal July 2021

Polymerus unifasciatus, Christophstal July 2021

Polymerus unifasciatus, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Adelphocoris seticornis</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Adelphocoris seticornis, Christophstal July 2021

<em>Mangora acalypha</em>, Christophstal July 2021

Mangora acalypha, Christophstal July 2021

Earlier this week, we went out for a run a spotted an unusual bedstraw that we'd seen a couple of years ago. Back then, we thought it might be licorice bedstraw, but that is an American species so it wasn't really possible. With a bit more research, we've now identified this as Round-leaved bedstraw, Galium rotundifolia. Today we cycled up to get some photos of this species in its natural habitat. It's a fairly understated plant and it only flowers for a few days a year so it is probably more common than it appears. But, for now, we've only seen a very local patch of this in one place in Christophstal.

We also recorded Alsike Clover in our garden back in 2016 but we've not seen it since. For the past couple of weeks I've seen a strange clover at the end of the garden and today we confirmed that it was Alsike Clover.

The weather forecast for today was heavy rain all day. However, it didn't actually rain during the day so we managed a few circuits of the garden and did a bit of planting/replanting. We had to be particularly careful where we were treading as there are quite a few very small froglets around the garden. Once again, Christine's finger provides some scale - she has treated herself to a manicure after seeing the photo from earlier in the week.

There are a few new beetle species and a new hoverfly, Eristalis tenax. There was a new species of bug too, Polymerus unifasciatus which I spotted on its host foodplant, heath bedstraw. I spotted a similar looking species on a nearby scabious, but this is actually Adelphocoris seticornis.

I thought I'd seen a small wasp spider down near the patch where I found an egg sac last year (that egg sac disappeared completely in late autumn - I've no idea how). This is actually Mangora acalypha  - a new species for the garden.

Montag 12 Juli 2021

Endlich schönes Wetter.

Wir hatten am Teich am frühen Vormittag einen seltenen Gast, ein Kormoran. Zur Zeit ist es ziemlich gut für Schmetterling. Hier ist ein Schachbrett.

Ich habe einige schöne Fotos von dieser Großen Wollbiene, Anthidium manicatum gekriegt, eine neue Art für den Garten. 

Und kurz nach dem Mittagessen wurden wir von dieser enormen Ichneumon Wespe besucht, Dolchomitus imperitor, eine weitere Art für den Garten. Im ersten Foto zeigt Christines Finger die Größe dieses riesigen Individuums. 

Im oberen Teil vom Garten sah ich diese Waldameisen die Schwarze Blattläuse 'züchten'.

Und zum Schluß heute eine neue Käferbeobachtung, Rhagonycha fulva, auch im oberen Garten.

Kormoran, Christophstal Juli 2021

Kormoran, Christophstal Juli 2021

Kormoran, Christophstal Juli 2021

Kormoran, Christophstal Juli 2021

Schachbrett, Christophstal Juli 2021

Schachbrett, Christophstal Juli 2021

Große Wollbiene, Christophstal Juli 2021

Große Wollbiene, Christophstal Juli 2021

Große Wollbiene, Christophstal Juli 2021

Große Wollbiene, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Dolichomitus imperator</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Dolichomitus imperator, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Dolichomitus imperator</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Dolichomitus imperator, Christophstal Juli 2021

Waldameisen kultivieren Schwarze Blattläuse, Christophstal Juli 2021

Waldameisen kultivieren Schwarze Blattläuse, Christophstal Juli 2021

Rhagonycha fulva, Christophstal Juli 2021

Rhagonycha fulva, Christophstal Juli 2021

Sonntag 11 Juli 2021

Es flogen heute viele Schmetterlinge herum, darunter dieser Gemeine Scheckenfalter. Ich wurde auch mit einer neuen Mottenart für den Garten belohnt, Anania verbascalis.

Während einer meiner Tours im Garten sah ich diesen Harlekin-Marienkäfer und einen Käfer Agrypnus murinus in irgendein zweifelhaftes Geschäft verwickelt. Sie saßen ziemlich lang so. Ich weiß nicht genau, was hier los ist, aber es sieht unangenehm aus. Beide Arten sind keine Fleischfresser und es war daher vielleicht alles ganz harmlos.

Gemeiner Scheckenfalter, Christophstal Juli 2021

Gemeiner Scheckenfalter, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Anania verbascalis</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Anania verbascalis, Christophstal Juli 2021

Harlekin-Marienkäfer und Käfer, Christophstal Juli 2021

Harlekin-Marienkäfer und Käfer, Christophstal Juli 2021

Samstag 10 Juli 2021
Hain-Veilchen, Christophstal Juli 2021

Hain-Veilchen, Christophstal Juli 2021

Im Frühjahr waren wir mit der Veilchenschau enttäuscht. Es war dieses Jahr ziemlich unscheinbar. Es sieht so aus, als hat das schlechte Wetter sie dieses Jahr dazu gebracht, sich auf das vegetative Wachstum zu konzentrieren. Wir haben einige große Gruppen die an den üblichen Stellen wachsen.

Freitag 9 Juli 2021

Das Wetter war in der letzten Woche richtig schrecklich und wir sind kaum im Garten gewesen. Heute hat sich die Sonne kurz gezeigt, und obwohl es nicht sehr warm war waren viele Insekten im Garten unterwegs.

Ich fand diesen Graurandiger Zwergspanner im Haus. Ich hatte vorher nur ein schlechtes Foto von dieser Art und ich werde es nun mit diesem ersetzen, da es viel scharfer ist.

Es flogen viele Große Ochsenaugen und Schornsteinfeger im Garten herum und auch Feurige Perlmuttfalter und Gemeine Scheckenfalter.

Das nasse Wetter hat einer unserer Distel im Distelgarten veranlasst, eine erstaunliche Größe zu erreichen. Hier ist ein Foto von Christine neben diesem Koloss.

 Ein kurzer Spaziergang um den Rest des Gartens brachte eine Hemipenthes maura Fliege, eine neue Heuschreckenart, das Große Grüne Heupferd, und eine neue Wanze, die Kohlwanze.
 Graurandiger Zwergspanner , Christophstal Juli 2021

 Graurandiger Zwergspanner , Christophstal Juli 2021

Feuriger Perlmuttfalter, Christophstal Juli 2021

Feuriger Perlmuttfalter, Christophstal Juli 2021

Riesendistel, Christophstal Juli 2021

Riesendistel, Christophstal Juli 2021

Hemipenthes maura, Christophstal Juli 2021

Hemipenthes maura, Christophstal Juli 2021

Großes Heupferd, Christophstal Juli 2021

Großes Heupferd, Christophstal Juli 2021

Großes Heupferd, Christophstal Juli 2021

Großes Heupferd, Christophstal Juli 2021

Kohlwanze, Christophstal Juli 2021

Kohlwanze, Christophstal Juli 2021

Mittwoch 7 Juli 2021
<em>Pseudargyrotoza conwagana</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Psyche casta</em>?, Christophstal Juli 2021

Psyche casta?, Christophstal Juli 2021

Ich dachte ich hatte eine neue Mottenart für den Garten als ich diese Pseudargyrotoza conwagana an einem Fenster entdeckte. Aber ich hatte diese Art schon vor ein paar Jahren aufgeschrieben. Um meine Enttäuschung zu lindern, habe ich ein Foto dieser grauen Mikromotte aufgenommen die an der Nordseite vom Haus saß. Wir sehen jedes Jahr viele davon und ich weiß, es wird fast unmöglich sein, die Art zu bestimmen - zumal sie auch ihre Antennen versteckte. Ich hatte immer den Verdacht, daß es sich um Psyche casta handelt, da wir viele Sackträgerlarven überall am Haus und im Garten haben, aber es könnte jedes Mitglied dieser Familie sein. 

Samstag 3 Juli 2021

Das Wetter bleibt weiterhin wechselhaft. Wir hatten trotzdem drei neue Fliegenarten, eine neue Mottenart und eine neue Käferart für den Garten. Die abgebildeten Pferdefliegen müssen männlich gewesen sein, da sie sich mehr für den Pollen interessierten als für mich. Immerhin hat die Pferdebremse meine Fotos nur so lange geduldet. Sie hatte irgendwann zu viel und flog direkt auf mich zu. Ich habe sie wegwischen können und sie ist weggeflogen.

Ich habe ein paar sonstige Fotos mithochgeladen.

<em>Tenthredo temula</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Tenthredo temula, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Tenthredo temula</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Tenthredo temula, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Tenthredopsis scutellaris</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Tenthredopsis scutellaris, Christophstal Juli 2021

Gemeine Viehbremse, Christophstl Juli 2021

Gemeine Viehbremse, Christophstal Juli 2021

Gemeine Viehbremse, Christophstal Juli 2021

Gemeine Viehbremse, Christophstal Juli 2021

Pferdebremse, Christophstal Juli 2021

Pferdebremse, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Diplodoma laichartingella</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Diplodoma laichartingella, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Diplodoma laichartingella</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Diplodoma laichartingella, Christophstal Juli 2021

<em>Variimorda villosa</em>, Christophstal Juli 2021

Variimorda villosa, Christophstal Juli 2021

Honigbiene mit Pollen im Gesicht, Christophstal Juli 2021

Honigbiene mit Pollen im Gesicht, Christophstal Juli 2021

Gemeiner Grashüpfernymphe, Christophstal Juli 2021

Gemeiner Grashüpfernymphe, Christophstal Juli 2021

Roesels Beißschreckenymphe, Christophstal Juli 2021

Roesels Beißschreckenymphe, Christophstal Juli 2021