Moth on window, video

This 16 June 2016 video shows a Peribatodes rhomboidaria, a willow beauty moth, on a window of a publishing business in the Netherlands.

Peacock butterfly caterpillar foraging

This video from the Netherlands shows a peacock butterfly caterpillar foraging.

Spoonbills, starlings, bumblebees of Voorne island

This video was recorded on 24 and 25 June 2016 on Voorne island in the Netherlands. It shows flowers and animals, like spoonbills, starlings, redshanks, bumblebees and butterflies.

Rare pink grasshopper photographed

Pink grasshopper in Hoofddorp, photo by Suzanne Wieringh

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Rare pink grasshopper spotted in Hoofddorp

Today, 15:21

It’s unlikely that you will ever really see one, but it happened to Suzanne Wieringh in Hoofddorp: she spotted a pink grasshopper. The rare animal was in her garden.

Suzanne wanted to pick up her daughter’s shoe when she saw something that was pinkish. “At first I thought it was a rose petal, but then it started to jump,” she says to the regional broadcasting organisation of North Holland.

A professor of entomology at Wageningen University explains that the phenomenon is known among biologists as erythrism. This is a deviation which is similar to albinism, only erythrism causes a reddish color instead of white.

It is difficult to determine how many pink grasshoppers are born. These grasshoppers quickly fall prey to predators because of their poor camouflage.