Flowers and insects of Voorne island


This 28 August 2016 video is about flowers, hoverflies, dragonflies and other insects at the Beerenplaat nature reserve on Voorne island in the Netherlands.

Austrian butterflies on video


This video shows a sooty copper butterfly in the Pitztal valley in Austria.

This video shows a sooty copper butterfly, subalpinus subspecies, in the Pitztal valley in Austria.

Bald-faced hornet nest in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

25 August 2016

Large Bald Faced Hornet nest in a tree with some nice bird calls in the background. These are dangerous hornets and they typically build their nests in trees in the wild and near houses so if one accidentally disturbs them while mowing or trimming trees you won’t outrun them. The worker hornets here are diligently making the nest even bigger. When found away from any human habitation like this nest it’s best just to leave them alone as they are in fact quite beneficial by preying on other harmful insects – all in the balance of Nature. Interestingly, if you are quiet you can film them quite closely as here with a cell phone – they have guard hornets posted who are always on the lookout for anything threatening so best to give these nests a wide berth.

Dolichovespula maculata is a eusocial wasp of the cosmopolitan family Vespidae. Its colloquial names include the bald-faced hornet, bald hornet, white-faced hornet, white-tailed hornet, blackjacket, and bull wasp.

Lapwings, swans and butterflies


This 26 August 2016 video shows wildlife at Beninger Slikken nature reserve on Voorne island in the Netherlands.

Including northern lapwings, small tortoiseshell, green-veined white butterfly, small copper, silver Y moth and mute swans.

Blue butterfly on flower, video


This 26 August 2016 video shows a holly blue butterfly on a Vicia flower; until a bumblebee drives it away.

Dragonflies wake up in the morning


This 24 August 2016 video shows banded darter dragonflies waking up in the morning in the Netherlands.