Moth on flower in Austria


This video shows a Chersotis cuprea moth on a flower in Austria.

False tinder fungus video


This video from the Netherlands is about Fomes fomentarius, false tinder fungus.

Kingfisher, goshawk and flowers


This is a kingfisher video from the Netherlands.

On 11 September 2016, to Tiengemeten island in the Netherlands.

Before the ferry departed, three spoonbills in a wetland.

Canada geese. Grey lag geese. A barnacle goose.

A great egret. A gadwall duck swims.

Ferry to Tiengemeten, 11 September 2016

As the ferry departs, a kingfisher on the right bank of the harbour. Sitting a bit similarly to the kingfisher in the video, though it sits on a branch about 80 centimeter above the water; not on a pole.

As we cross the estuary, a great cormorant.

As we arrive in the harbour of Tiengemeten, a white wagtail and barn swallows flying.

Tiengemeten, 11 September 2016

We walk.

On the right side a wetland with spoonbills and barnacle geese.

A snipe and ruffs.

A pintail duck, a shoveler and teal.

Wild teasel; the flowers are gone already.

A marsh harrier flies.

Bristly oxtongue flowers.

Tiengemeten plants, 11 September 2016

Chicory flowers.

A kestrel hovers. A goshawk flies.

A stock dove flies.

Two female pheasants.

Many insects in this warm weather, including twin-lobed deerflies.

Tiengemeten ragwort, 11 September 2016

We pass ragwort flowers.

Tiengemeten, on 11 September 2016

Scores of ruddy shelducks swimming.

Tiengemeten landscape on 11 September 2016

A flock of scores of golden plovers flying, with three northern lapwings flying along.

As we arrive at the harbour again, a common gull on a mooring dolphin.

Birds, bees, butterflies, pollination in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 September 2016

We could not survive on earth without pollination. Relax and contemplate an hour of a pollination frenzy of bees and butterflies in a stand of freshly blooming Devil’s Walking Stick trees near the edge of a forest high in the Great Smoky Mountains. Despite the evil name, this rare native plant is an important source of nutrients for bees and butterflies in August and the birds go crazy for the ripe tasty purple berry fruit in September.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Devil’s Walking Stick trees (Aralia spinosa) provide a bounty of purple berries in early fall that is a feast for birds such as American Robins, Dark Eyed Juncos, Warblers and Eastern Towhees. You’ll hear many other birds calling in the background. This is a great native plant (Eastern U.S.) to develop in the yard for bird lovers especially at a transition from grass to forest.

3,700-million-year-old life discovery in Greenland


This video says about itself:

The world’s oldest fossil: 3.7 billion year old bumps found on ancient sea bed

31 August 2016

Conical structures known as stromatolites were found in Isua, Greenland.

They were formed by prehistoric colonies of bacteria living in a shallow sea.

It suggests life may have emerged on Earth far faster than first thought.

The finding raises hopes life may have existed on Mars.

From Nature:

Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures

Published online 31 August 2016

Biological activity is a major factor in Earth’s chemical cycles, including facilitating CO2 sequestration and providing climate feedbacks. Thus a key question in Earth’s evolution is when did life arise and impact hydrosphere–atmosphere–lithosphere chemical cycles? Until now, evidence for the oldest life on Earth focused on debated stable isotopic signatures of 3,800–3,700 million year (Myr)-old metamorphosed sedimentary rocks and minerals1, 2 from the Isua supracrustal belt (ISB), southwest Greenland3.

Here we report evidence for ancient life from a newly exposed outcrop of 3,700-Myr-old metacarbonate rocks in the ISB that contain 1–4-cm-high stromatolites—macroscopically layered structures produced by microbial communities. The ISB stromatolites grew in a shallow marine environment, as indicated by seawater-like rare-earth element plus yttrium trace element signatures of the metacarbonates, and by interlayered detrital sedimentary rocks with cross-lamination and storm-wave generated breccias. The ISB stromatolites predate by 220 Myr the previous most convincing and generally accepted multidisciplinary evidence for oldest life remains in the 3,480-Myr-old Dresser Formation of the Pilbara Craton, Australia4, 5. The presence of the ISB stromatolites demonstrates the establishment of shallow marine carbonate production with biotic CO2 sequestration by 3,700 million years ago (Ma), near the start of Earth’s sedimentary record. A sophistication of life by 3,700 Ma is in accord with genetic molecular clock studies placing life’s origin in the Hadean eon (>4,000 Ma)6.

See also here.

First European Fungi Day, 24 September 2016


German language fungi day logo

The first European Fungi Day will be on 24 September 2016.

It is an iniative of Ms Karin Montag in Germany.

So far, activities have been announced in seven countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Austria, Czech republic and the Netherlands.

On this day, fungi lovers will promote knowledge and conservation of fungi.

The British Mycological Society‘s UK Fungus Day festivities will take place over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October 2016.

Beautiful moth on flower


This August 2016 video shows a beautiful six-spot burnet moth on a thistle flower in Austria, together with another insect.