Sunday 29 May 2022

I got really excited by these two black beetles with yellow stripes in our cottage garden. Unfortunately, it turns out that these are Turnip flea beetles, Phyllotreta nemorum - a pest of brassicas, not what we want to have here.

It was really cold today, so there wasn't a lot going on it the garden, but I still found a couple of other beetles, both of which are new species for the garden. The weevil, appears to be Magdalis Armigera, but the foodplant of that species is elm, which isn't particularly common around here so this ID may change.

Turnip flea beetle, Christophstal May 2022

Turnip flea beetle, Christophstal May 2022

Turnip flea beetle, Christophstal May 2022

Turnip flea beetle, Christophstal May 2022

<em>Magdalis armigera</em>, Christophstal May 2022

Magdalis armigera, Christophstal May 2022

<em>Crepidodera aurata</em>, Christophstal May 2022

Crepidodera aurata, Christophstal May 2022

Friday 27 May 2022
<em>Athous vittatus</em>, Christophstal May 2022

Athous vittatus, Christophstal May 2022

<em>Phyllobius virideaeris</em>, Christophstal May 2022

Phyllobius virideaeris, Christophstal May 2022

Carpenter ant, winged male, Christophstal May 2022

Carpenter ant, winged male, Christophstal May 2022

Aster alpinus

Aster alpinus "Happy End", Christophstal May 2022

<em>Helianthemum</em>

Helianthemum "Dompfaff", Christophstal May 2022

I've got a some beetle and ant photos from today. I also took a couple of photos of our new rockery plants.

Thursday 26 May 2022

We had a new beetle species basking in our rockery today. This is a red-headed cardinal beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis.

Red-headed cardinal beetle, Christophstal May 2022

Red-headed cardinal beetle, Christophstal May 2022

Red-headed cardinal beetle, Christophstal May 2022

Red-headed cardinal beetle, Christophstal May 2022

Monday 23 May 2022
Red-backed shrike, Christophstal May 2022

Red-backed shrike, Christophstal May 2022

Red-backed shrike, Christophstal May 2022

Red-backed shrike, Christophstal May 2022

A male red-backed shrike has been around the house for the past couple of weeks, but today was the first time he came close to the house and stayed long enough for me to run upstairs to take some photos.

Sunday 22 May 2022

I found this big fat caterpillar speeding across our muddy front lawn looking for a pupation site. I've put it in my puparium. It's not very easy to differentiate the caterpillars of this family down to species, so I'll wait for it to emerge.

We're still waiting for our new pond to fill with rain water, but it has been really dry for weeks. Even so, we found the first resident today, this frog was hiding in the stones around the edge.

Caterpillar TBI, Christophstal May 2022

Caterpillar TBI, Christophstal May 2022

Frog in our pond, Christophstal May 2022

Frog in our pond, Christophstal May 2022

Saturday 21 May 2022
Melanic Clouded-bordered brindle, Christophstal May 2022

Melanic Clouded-bordered brindle, Christophstal May 2022

Proto-crickets/grasshoppers, Christophstal May 2022

Proto-crickets/grasshoppers, Christophstal May 2022

<em>Agapanthia villosoviridescens</em>, Christophstal May 2022

Agapanthia villosoviridescens, Christophstal May 2022

Viburnum beetle larvae, Christophstal May 2022

Viburnum beetle larvae, Christophstal May 2022

Green crab spider, Christophstal May 2022

Green crab spider, Christophstal May 2022

I found this moth on our front door. It is a melanic clouded-bordered brindle.

Just across the way, there are lots of proto-crickets/grasshoppers who really like congregating on one of our deadly nightshade plants in our poison garden.

I went on a tour around the garden and found this longhorn beetle, Agapanthia villosoviridescens on one of our mullein plants.

Our snowball tree is under savage attack from viburnum beetle larvae at the moment. And this green crab spider was using the flowers as a trap.

Saturday 14 May 2022

I got a few minutes to watch the birds to see if there was anything happening with this year's migration. There wasn't anything too surprising, but here's a mistle thrush, a female common redstart and the first spotted flycatcher of the year.

Mistle thrush, Christophstal May 2022

Mistle thrush, Christophstal May 2022

Gartenrotschwanz, Christophstal Mai 2022

Gartenrotschwanz, Christophstal Mai 2022

Spotted flycatcher, Christophstal May 2022

Spotted flycatcher, Christophstal May 2022

Thursday 12 May 2022

I had a moth emerge today. This is from the enormous caterpillar I found back on September 21st 2021. It is a peppered moth.

Peppered moth ex larva, Christophstal May 2022

Peppered moth ex larva, Christophstal May 2022