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Saturday 8 June 2024
Bee-hive beetle, Christophstal June 2024

Bee-hive beetle, Christophstal June 2024

Bee-hive beetle, Christophstal June 2024

Bee-hive beetle, Christophstal June 2024

Bee-hive beetle, Christophstal June 2024

Bee-hive beetle, Christophstal June 2024

After seeing our first field cricket in the garden last year, I went searching for the burrow of one that that's been stridulating in the garden for the past few days. He was very difficult to locate as he stopped stridulating as soon as I got near and he was able to throw his voice so it seemed like he was moving several metres. I eventually tracked him down and set up my camera and tripod outside the burrow. He came out quite readily but I waited for 20 minutes or so and he wouldn't start stridulating again - so I gave up. He was quiet for several hours, so I was right to give up.

It's not a new species, but I got some better photos of a bee-hive beetle that landed on our house today.

Friday 7 June 2024

It was a beautiful sunny day today - it seems like ages since we had this sort of nice weather. We did a lot of gardening, but we also found some time to sit by the pond and were rewarded by seeing this ~3cm palmate newt larva - nearly ready to leave the pond (you can see it only has vestigial gills).

Palmate newt larva, Christophstal June 2024

Palmate newt larva, Christophstal June 2024

Palmate new larva, Christophstal June 2024

Palmate new larva, Christophstal June 2024

Wednesday 5 June 2024
Scorched wing moth, Christophstal June 2024

Scorched wing moth, Christophstal June 2024

Grapholita compositella, Christophstal June 2024

Grapholita compositella, Christophstal June 2024

Grapholita compositella, Christophstal June 2024

Grapholita compositella, Christophstal June 2024

<em>Involvulus cupreus</em>, Christophstal June 2024

Involvulus cupreus, Christophstal June 2024

<em>Involvulus cupreus</em>, Christophstal June 2024

Involvulus cupreus, Christophstal June 2024

Forest cockroaches, Christophstal June 2024

Forest cockroaches, Christophstal June 2024

Firebugs and rose chafer, Christophstal June 2024

Firebugs and rose chafer, Christophstal June 2024

I had the moth trap out again last night. It was a pretty good night with 18 species - one of which, this scorched wing, was a new record for the garden.

Walking around the garden later in the day, I found another new moth species for the garden, this rather nice Grapholita compositella, posing appropriately on a leaf of its larval foodplant, clover.

I also came across a new species of weevil, Involvulus cupreus, the larvae of which feed in the fruits of fruit trees apparently.

There are a lot of forest cockroaches about at the moment. There were quite a few on one of our garden benches.

Yesterday, I spotted a dead rose chafer one of our paths. Today, these firebugs were feasting on it.

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Christine found this Mottled Umber caterpillar on our bird-cherry. This is a new species for the garden. I recorded it back in 2011 when we saw it in Rastatt (on a trip to see our house before we moved here). I've put it in a puparium so I can hopefully get some photos of the adult when if it emerges in November/December.

Mottled umber caterpillar, Christophstal June 2024

Mottled umber caterpillar, Christophstal June 2024

Mottled umber caterpillar, Christophstal June 2024

Mottled umber caterpillar, Christophstal June 2024

Monday 3 June 2024
<em>Tenthredo zona</em>, Christophstal June 2024

Tenthredo zona, Christophstal June 2024

<em>Machilidae</em> sp. Christophstal June 2024

Machilidae sp. Christophstal June 2024

<em>Machilidae</em> sp. Christophstal June 2024

Machilidae sp. Christophstal June 2024

Machilidae sp. Christophstal June 2024

Machilidae sp. Christophstal June 2024

Slime mould, Christophstal June 204

Slime mould, Christophstal June 204

I've got a week off of work so I can potter round the garden with my camera. Unfortunately the weather isn't up to much but it is slowly drying out after weeks of rain.

There were a couple of new species for the garden, a Tenthredo zona sawfly, and lots of these rockhoppers which I can only ID to family so they're recorded as Machilidae sp. Right next to them in the stone wall was this slime mould which I won't attempt to ID.

Sunday 2 June 2024

These two roman snails were performing a mating ritual in the garden today.

The video is a bit gross - only watch it if you've got a strong stomach.

I recorded a new species of moth today. This is a weird one - I'm pretty sure I've seen this before, but I'd always written it off as a Scoparia - a family that is extremely difficult to ID to species level. Anyway, I thought I'd have a go at IDing it and it isn't a scoparia at all. It's Dioryctria abietella - a pine feeder. As I found it under our spruce, this makes sense.

I also found a yellow snail which is probably a grove snail.

Dioryctria abietella, Christophstal June 2024

Dioryctria abietella, Christophstal June 2024

Probably a grove snail, Christophstal June 2024

Probably a grove snail, Christophstal June 2024