Bee pollinates orchid, video


Jean Claessens, the maker of this video, writes about it:

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) I had the chance to observe the pollination of the orchid Spiranthes spiralis by a small solitary bee, Halictus simplex. This bee has an ingenious, articulated tongue that enables this small bee to reach the nectar hidden in the flower of Spiranthes spiralis.

Tardigrade species, new for the Netherlands, discovered


Batillipes pennaki, photo by Frans W. Roza

Translated from the Dutch Stichting ANEMOON marine biologists:

Jan 31, 2016 – Recently, the discovery of a new tardigrade animal species of the Dutch coast was published. This is the Batillipes pennaki waterbear. The animal is not greater than about 0.2 millimeter. With this, the number of Dutch waterbear species that are found on our beaches becomes six. This species has been found in many places throughout the world.

Kestrel eats worm, video


In this 30 January 2016 video from Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands, a female kestrel eats a worm.

More on this is here.

Rare cornfield ants near Dutch Maastricht


This video from the USA is called Cornfield Ants, Lasius alienus, Social Behavior and Dispersal.

Translated from Stichting Bargerveen in the Netherlands:

Jan 28, 2016 – In the Netherlands cornfield ants are very rare inhabitants of calcareous grasslands. Last summer, the species was found by employees of Foundation Bargerveen on the Sint-Pietersberg [Mount Saint Peter; mountain near Maastricht]. Is the modification of vegetation by mowing and grazing here now bearing fruit?

Rare species

The cornfield ant (Lasius alienus) is a very rare species in South Limburg. Until 2004, the species was only known from the Bemelerberg hill. During research into the effects of grazing in the Popelmondedal valley, the southern slope of Mount St. Peter in Maastricht in 2015 by Stichting Bargerveen effects on ants were also examined. Great was the surprise when during the identifications of the catches this winter several cornfield ants were found. This species was totally absent in the intensive monitoring of the Popelmondedal in 2006 and except for an unconfirmed catch from 2012 this typical calcareous grassland species had never been previously reported from Mount St. Peter.

Young cuttlefish changes its colour, video


This video shows a young common cuttlefish changing its colour from grey to white and back again.

Diver Harry Brummelhuis made this video in the Oosterschelde estuary in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Butterflies, video


This is a video about butterflies from the Netherlands.

Dutch review of ten European butterfly books: here.

Dutch butterflies in January 2016: here.