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Sunday 7 July 2024

Our garden is full of insects at the moment - they have probably all migrated from the surrounding fields which have just been trashed by the sheep. There are an amazing number of skipper butterflies.

Here are a random selection of photos.

I've included a photo of some valerian plants which have grown enormous this year due to the rain. Christine is in the photo for scale.

Bush cricket TBI, Christophstal July 2024

Bush cricket TBI, Christophstal July 2024

Grasshopper TBI, Christophstal July 2024

Grasshopper TBI, Christophstal July 2024

Grasshopper TBI, Christophstal July 2024

Grasshopper TBI, Christophstal July 2024

Skippers, Christophstal July 2024

Skippers, Christophstal July 2024

Mallow flea beetle, Christophstal July 2024

Mallow flea beetle, Christophstal July 2024

Giant valerian, Christophstal July 2024

Giant valerian, Christophstal July 2024

Thursday 4 July 2024
<em>Agrypnia varia</em> caddis fly, Christophstal July 2024

Agrypnia varia caddis fly, Christophstal July 2024

<em>Agrypnia varia</em> caddis fly, Christophstal July 2024

Agrypnia varia caddis fly, Christophstal July 2024

This pretty caddis fly, Agrypnia varia, was perched on an evening primrose plant today. It's a new species for the garden.

Wednesday July 3 2024
<em>Eudonia lacustrata</em>, Christophstal July 2024

Eudonia lacustrata, Christophstal July 2024

As I said in June, I thought I'd try to ID some moths from the Scoparia family which I've previously skipped thinking it was too difficult. This Eudonia lacustrata is probably the only remaining species I can ID easily - the rest of the family is impossible.

Tuesday July 2 2024

A fledgling red-backed shrike visited the garden today with his dad. This was the best photo I could manage.

Fledgling red-backed shrike, Christophstal July 2024

Fledgling red-backed shrike, Christophstal July 2024