Jelle Talsma in the Netherlands made this video.
This 17 May 2016 video shows very many nonbiting midges dancing. As their name says, they don’t bite.
Robert Hartog from the Netherlands made this video.
This is a video about a strawberry spider.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
by Maino Remmers
The carrion beetle, the true lover’s knot moth, the Alcon Blue butterfly and certainly the wart-biter: all rare animals to be found plentifully in Hoge Veluwe National Park. The biodiversity is many times higher than expected. Plant and animal species which worldwide are on the red list are doing well in this central Dutch park. …
Ranger Henk Ruseler says that even species are found which were thought to no longer occur in our country. “The strawberry spider is said to be very rare, but it was during the last count found in various places,” he says.
During the annual census by volunteers … reptiles, butterflies and unusual mosses were also found.
29 species of dragonflies
Ruseler drives the pickup through a stream which originates from the ice age. Just around the stream are 29 different species of dragonflies and damselflies.
This video from the USA says about itself:
14 May 2016
A Large loud female Carpenter Bee is looking for a place to start a nest in wood. They generally avoid treated deck lumber as in this case, but they spend considerable amount of time looking. She does a nice little dance in the process. Only the female can sting, but generally they are very “friendly” bees and tolerate me taking video just a few inches away and often hover near people with no ill will intended, just curious. The problem is they make nests by tunneling into wood, however I have never had them do any damage to houses etc. as their numbers appear small. Often people trap and kill them, but another option is to make or buy houses for them and see if they will adopt them, they are after all native bees and are by nature excellent pollinators.
In America north of Mexico, the subfamily Xylocopinae is composed of two genera, Ceratina (small carpenter bees) and Xylocopa (large carpenter bees). These bees get their common name from their nesting habits: small carpenter bees excavate tunnels in pithy stems of various bushes; large carpenter bees chew nesting galleries in solid wood or in stumps, logs, or dead branches of trees (Hurd and Moure 1963).
This video from Jamaica says about itself:
Anansi and the Pot of Beans
19 October 2006
Anansi loves his grandma’s beans.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Stories about spider Anansi on heritage list
The stories about the spider Anansi are from now on recognized on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands. This Caribbean storytelling tradition has its roots in slavery.
The Knowledge Centre of Intangible Heritage says the stories have a positive connotation, despite the dark past. They “contribute to strengthening the awareness and pride in heritage and culture.”
Dutch as frogs
The main character is a savvy spider which likes to fool other animals. Anansi is an ambivalent figure, a trickster, who also regularly harms his own wife or children.
In the days of slavery the narrators could also use the stories to embarrass the plantation owners. Dutch did not realize they were ridiculed in the fairy tales as frogs.
The stories were formerly told from parent to child, but now also through theater, schools and libraries. One of the most famous books about Anansi was written by the Surinamese former President Johan Ferrier.
The Anansi stories are an exotic addition to the heritage list, because nearly all have a European origin …
The non-Western traditions in the list:
The addition of the Anansi stories to the heritage list will be celebrated today at the new Anansi tree in the Open Air Museum in Arnhem. Twenty storytellers will keep the stories alive for the visitors the coming time.
This video from the Netherlands says about itself:
The Power of Stories – Performance Wijnand Stomp (official trailer English)
1 October 2014
Theatre maker Wijnand Stomp and documentary maker Jean Hellwig present a stand-up storytelling show for people from 10 to 110 years old. In a mix of theatre, comedy and documentary they bring the audience in a cheerful way in contact with stories about the history of slavery.
The flamboyant Mister Anansi (Wijnand Stomp) sits on his porch in what he calls his “Anansi Tree”. From the branches hang old shoes. The window of his house is a television. It reveals in mini documentaries the special encounters during his journey along the Transatlantic triangle of the slave trade: Zeeland – Ghana – St. Eustatius. Mister Anansi tells about the new stories he created and his energetic Aunt Jewel drops by for a game of domino. With her hilarious First National Slavery Quiz she confronts the audience in a humorous way with the traces of slavery, under the motto ‘Hats off to slavery’.
In The Power of Stories Stomp and Hellwig weave a web of slavery in the Netherlands with personal stories from overseas. At the end of the show Mister Anansi lets his audience in notes write about their personal links with slavery. He keeps these stories in the shoes on his Anansi tree and lets the wind take them traveling.
SUITABLE for theaters, festivals, schools, libraries and cultural heritage institutions.
This video from the USA says about itself:
9 May 2016
Eastern Tent Caterpillars invade an Apple Tree. …
The eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosoma) is a species of moth in the family Lasiocampidae, the tent caterpillars or lappet moths. It is univoltine, producing one generation per year. It is a tent caterpillar, a social species that forms communal nests in the branches of trees. It is sometimes confused with the gypsy moth and the fall webworm, and may be erroneously referred to as a bagworm, which is the common name applied to unrelated caterpillars in the family Psychidae. The moths oviposit almost exclusively on trees in the plant family Rosaceae, particularly cherry (Prunus) and apple (Malus). The caterpillars are hairy with areas of blue, white, black and orange. The blue and white colors are structural colors created by the selective filtering of light by microtubules that arise on the cuticle.
Tent caterpillars are among the most social of larvae. The adult moth lays her eggs in a single batch in late spring or early summer. An egg mass contains about 200 to 300 eggs. Embryogenesis proceeds rapidly, and within three weeks, fully formed caterpillars can be found within the eggs. The small caterpillars lie quiescent until the following spring, they start to chew their way out of the eggs just as the buds of the host tree begin to develop.