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Sunday 19 May 2024

Yesterday, the poplar hawk-moth that I collected as a caterpillar back in October emerged. I didn't bother taking a picture, I just put her outside as dusk fell, on the willow above where I found the caterpillar. I wasn't expecting to see her again, but this morning she was still there with a 'friend'. It's a nice photo as you see both forms of this species here. She's the buff form at the top of the photo. This form is quite uncommon - I've never seen it before.

I took a few other photos of various beetles and moths including some Musaria affinis - a new species for the garden.

I'll ID the others soon.

Poplar hawk-moths in-cop, female ex-larva, Christophstal May 2024

Poplar hawk-moths in-cop, female ex-larva, Christophstal May 2024

Musaria affinis, Christophstal May 2024

Musaria affinis, Christophstal May 2024

<em>Musaria affinis</em>, Christophstal May 2024

Musaria affinis, Christophstal May 2024

Red Twin-spot carpet moth, Christophstal May 2024

Red Twin-spot carpet moth, Christophstal May 2024

<em>Micropterix aruncella</em> on broom, Christophstal May 2024

Micropterix aruncella on broom, Christophstal May 2024

Diamond-back moth, Christophstal May 2024

Diamond-back moth, Christophstal May 2024

Saturday 18 May 2024
Green carpet moth, Christophstal May 2024

Green carpet moth, Christophstal May 2024

Ragged robin, Christophstal May 2024

Ragged robin, Christophstal May 2024

Azure Damselfly, Christophstal May 2024

Azure Damselfly, Christophstal May 2024

<em>Micropterix calthella</em>, Christophstal May 2024

Micropterix calthella, Christophstal May 2024

We've had some torrential rain this week, but today it finally cleared and we quite nice in the sun. So out came the camera.

There were a few moths flying about including this newly emerged green carpet moth.

We've been trying to grow ragged robin in the garden since we moved here - there was one plant in the front garden when we first moved in, but that disappeared and despite spreading lots of seed, we haven't been very successful until this year!

I'm including a photo of a damselfly and a micro moth which I will ID later.

Sunday 12 May 2024

I found a Lychnis moth inside the house today. I've recorded the caterpillar of this species before, but this is the first adult I've recorded and I didn't have a photo until now. He was a bit lively so I had to shoot off a photo quickly before he flew away.

Lychnis moth, Christophstal May 2024

Lychnis moth, Christophstal May 2024

Thursday 9 May 2024
Spruce cone, Christophstal May 2024

Spruce cone, Christophstal May 2024

Great tit with nesting material, Christophstal May 2024

Great tit with nesting material, Christophstal May 2024

Great tit with nesting material, Christophstal May 2024

Great tit with nesting material, Christophstal May 2024

Our spruce has a lot of cones this year.

This great tit is gathering nesting material. I think he's nesting in our roof.

Saturday 4 May 2024

A green woodpecker has found a nice supply of his favourite ants in our dry stone wall. I'm really happy with these photos - he was completely covered in ants and didn't seem to mind at all.

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker, Christophstal May 2024

"I'll just get these these ants off", Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Green woodpecker covered in ants, Christophstal May 2024

Thursday 2 May 2024
Wrkneck, Christophstal May 2024

Wrkneck, Christophstal May 2024

Singing coal tit, Christophstal May 2024

Singing coal tit, Christophstal May 2024

Singing coal tit, Christophstal May 2024

Singing coal tit, Christophstal May 2024

There were two wrynecks around the garden today. It was difficult to get a photo as they kept hiding behind branches.

This coal tit was more than happy to show off right in front of my office window though.

Wednesday 1 May 2024

A wryneck was calling from the top of the garden, joining the red-backed shrike who was still around today. There's also still a whinchat around - coming a bit closer to the house for this photo.

A couple of green woodpeckers, a female blackcap and our sedentary brambling joined the migratory birds.

I couldn't resist including this picture of a red squirrel on top of our shed.

Wryneck, Christophstal May 2024

Wryneck, Christophstal May 2024

Whinchat, Christophstal May 2024

Whinchat, Christophstal May 2024

Female blackcap, Christophstal May 2024

Female blackcap, Christophstal May 2024

Brambling, Christophstal May 2024

Brambling, Christophstal May 2024

Brambling and chaffinches, Christophstal May 2024

Brambling and chaffinches, Christophstal May 2024

Red squirrel, Christophstal May 2024

Red squirrel, Christophstal May 2024