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.

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.

Great egrets, butterflies and dragonflies


This 24 August 2016 video shows great egrets, a marsh harrier, butterflies, dragonflies and other wildlife in Beninger Slikken nature reserve on Voorne island in the Netherlands.

Straight-billed woodcreeper feeding, video


This video says about itself:

Straight-billed Woodcreeper Breaks Down Large Insect

13 July 2016

This Straight-billed Woodcreeper has captured a substantial meal, but it is far too large for the bird to consume in one go. This problem is fixed by hitting the insect on a tree multiple times to break it into smaller, more manageable pieces that the bird can swallow.

Straight-billed Woodcreepers live in South America and Panama.

Rare wasps at their nest, video


This 18 August 2016 video is by Luuk Punt from the Netherlands.

It shows Polistes biglumis wasps at their nest.

This species was seen for the first time in the Netherlands; and is still very rare.

Birds, butterflies, dragonflies of Voorne island


This 8 August 2016 video from the Mallebos woodland on Voorne island in the Netherlands shows a ruddy shelduck, a great egret, butterflies and dragonflies.