Dragonflies and other insects

Small heath, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

6 September 2013. This is a small heath butterfly on the path near the Losdorp garden.

Many dragonflies flying, and, sometimes, sitting down, on the hedge or on the reedbed along the ditch.

Are they common darters? Closely related, extremely similar species?  A mix of closely related species?

Cranefly, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

In the hedge along the cemetery, many craneflies. Maybe the species Tipula paludosa?

Dragonfly on tombstone, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

Dragonflies here often sit down on tombstones. This one looks like a young male of a Sympetrum species. Common darter?

Hoverfly on flower, Losdorp, 7 September 2013

Along the path outside the cemetery, hoverflies and bees visit thistle and other flowers.

Small white butterfly, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

Small white butterflies as well.

Small tortoiseshell, Losdorp, 6 August 2013

A small tortoiseshell butterfly on a field. Later, another one on the road.

Ormia ochracea’s sense of directional hearing is second to none in the animal kingdom. A biologist’s study of this fly may lead researchers to develop better hearing aids, they say: here.

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