Six new Dutch wasp species on Texel


Epimicta marginalis wasp, CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics Creative Commons - Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2019)

Translated from wildlife warden Erik van der Spek on Texel island today:

Six braconid wasp species new for the Netherlands have been found on Texel

Among animals I collected in the Eierlandse Duinen area in 2018, the Dutch parasitic wasps expert Kees van Achterberg found the wasps: Doryctes heydenii, Doryctes undulatus, Alysia truncator, Epimicta marginalis, Opiognathus pactus and Opius pulicariae as new species for the Dutch fauna.

Braconidae are the second family in size within the parasitic wasps. There are many species, (652 + 6 known species in the Netherlands, but this is at most half of the Dutch species), and few people who study them. …

Braconid wasps use many other insects as hosts; of the six species, both Doryctes species live on beetle larvae in wood and the other four live on fly maggots, especially leaf miners. There are species that are therefore used as biological control agents. Braconid wasps are usually 2-5 mm long and colored red-brown or black.

Egyptian goslings, great egret and tufted ducks


This 2017 video says about itself:

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) family with eight goslings in Beverwijk, The Netherlands.

Today, from the train, I saw a great egret on the bank of a ditch. A bit further, swimming tufted ducks.

Still further, great cormorants sitting near ditches. And a kestrel flying.

As I got out of the train, along the canal, an Egyptian goose couple with still very young goslings.

Coronavirus news of today


This 13 March 2020 video from the USA is called Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) holds a news conference on coronavirus.

NORWAY COLLEGE: LEAVE ‘UNDERDEVELOPED’ U.S. Norway’s renowned University of Science and Technology has issued an alert urging students studying abroad to return home as a response to the coronavirus pandemic — singling out the U.S. The warning from the nation’s largest university, with some 40,000 students, applies “especially” to students staying in nations with “poorly developed health services,” as well as countries, “for example the USA”, with a “poorly developed collective infrastructure.” [HuffPost]

Trump reportedly told GOP donors that he sees an upside to the coronavirus crisis, believing it will help him promote his political agenda and build support for closing off U.S. borders. Speaking at his private Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump apparently seemed confident that he wouldn’t take any blame for mishandling the crisis. [HuffPost]

SEATTLE’S NURSING HOME NIGHTMARE IS A WARNING The stories about the Kirkland Life Care Center are harrowing ― and, in the worst-case scenarios, a preview of things to come. As of late last week, 26 residents of the Seattle-area nursing home had died because of the coronavirus. Twenty-one current residents had tested positive, with test results for another dozen pending. [HuffPost]

CDC URGES NO LARGE GATHERINGS FOR 8 WEEKS Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get together and a government expert saying a 14-day national shutdown may be needed. Governors were closing restaurants, bars, and schools as the nation sank deeper into chaos over the crisis. [AP]

TOP U.S. EXPERT: ‘HUNKER DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY MORE’ Anthony Fauci, a top U.S. health official leading the country’s response to the coronavirus, urged Americans to “hunker down significantly more” as the virus continues to spread. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, while making the rounds on Sunday morning political shows, called on a “dramatic diminution” in personal interactions at restaurants and bars. [HuffPost]

Here’s the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19.

Please Don’t Believe These Coronavirus Scams And Advice: here.

Britain: Anti-austerity campaigners demand government protect workers and the vulnerable from coronavirus. The People’s Assembly published a list of demands, including extending statutory sick pay to all workers and rent freezes: here.

Cuban drug could save thousands of lives in coronavirus pandemic: here.