Scarce large blue butterflies have Dutch carnival float

Blues in the marshes

In carnival in the Netherlands this year, there is not only participation by Syrian refugees.

Translated from the Dutch Vlinderstichting entomologists:

Feb 4, 2016 – This weekend the time has come: carnival. Many people look forward to it, others can not wait until it’s over. This year it is a very special carnival because the scarce large blue butterflies join! To make the nature restoration project ‘Blues in the Marshes’ known to people there will be in the big parade in Den Bosch on Monday, February 8th a real scarce large blue butterfly float.

In 2018 there will be after completion of the LIFE + project ‘Blues in the Marshes’ in Den Bosch around 170 hectares of new nature. In the Vlijmens Ven and the Honderdmorgen there are created on an area as large as 340 football grounds humid arid grasslands, including Cirsio dissecti-Molinietum grasslands. One of the target species is the extremely rare scarce large blue butterfly, but all of nature will benefit strongly and the scenery is becoming more beautiful and more enjoyable.

However, today, 8 February 2016, is a stormy weather day. Because of that, many carnival parades in the Netherlands, and in Germany, have been canceled. Including the one in Den Bosch. The Den Bosch carnival association says they now want to have the parade on 6 March, Laetare Sunday. Until then, the scarce large butterfly float and the other floats will have to wait.

Woman dressed like scarce large blue butterfly

On 6 March, the weather may be better for human carnival parade participants dressed up like scarce large blue butterflies …

The scarce large blue butterfly float is also inspired by painter Jeroen (Hieronymus) Bosch.

This Dutch November 2015 video is from the film ‘Holland – natuur in de delta’. It was recorded near Den Bosch.

It says about itself:

How to film Maculinea teleius, Scarce Large Blue?

Now flowers instead of racist violence for Syrian refugee in the Netherlands

Flowers and card from Dutch people who believe in love for Syrian refugee Basem in Veen

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Last week, a brick was thrown through the window of his home, today it was a sea of flowers at the residence of the Syrian Basem and his son in Veen town in North Brabant province. The local florist this afternoon gave some 25 bouquets along with a card which read: “On behalf of many fellow Dutch people who believe in love.”

The flowers were bought with money that was collected on Facebook after this Friday unknown perpetrators had smashed the window of his house. In that incident also a police car was burned. …

A reporter from regional TV visited the recipient who was very touched by the flowers. “I’m very happy and I feel despite everything welcome here. The love is mutual. Thank you dear Dutch people.”

Last week Basem told Omroep Brabant that he was very scared after the incident when his window was smashed. “I fled here because this is a beautiful and safe country. I thought something like this could not happen here.”

Refugee Basem is happy about the flowers

Goshawk skating, video

This video is about a goshawk, ‘skating‘ on a frozen pond near the kleine Beerze stream in Hoogeloon, north Brabant province, the Netherlands.

Fred van Hoof made this video on 19 January 2016 at 14:30.

Birds in Dutch North Brabant province, video

This video is about birds and other wildlife in the Markiezaat nature reserve in Dutch North Brabant province.

Siskins feeding, video

This video shows a flock of siskins, feeding at alder trees.

The video was made on 9 december 2015 near the Berkendonkse Plas lake in Helmond in the province North Brabant in the Netherlands by H. Kuypers.

Green woodpecker in meadow, video

This video shows a green woodpecker, looking for food in a meadow.

Desiree van den Broek-Van Ewijk from Baarschot/Diessen in Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands made this video.

Ducks profit from diving coot, video

This video is by Bert Verbruggen from Noord Brabant province in the Netherlands.

He writes about it (translated):

Along the Maxima canal in ‘s-Hertogenbosch there are at least 10 couples of gadwall ducks. What is striking here is that they are always close to a coot. The coot is used to dive for [water] plants,

which the ducks cannot do themselves

and the gadwalls make good use of leftovers. Is this not optimal use of food?