Ladybugs mating, video


This video shows a ladybug couple mating on a compost container in the Netherlands.

Pieter Vonk made this video.

Giant stick insects and Victoria amazonica flower


Victoria amazonica bud, 1 August 2015

On 1 August 2015, after the earlier flowers and bees of the botanical garden then, to the Victoria amazonica hothouse. This giant water lily species did not have a flower yet, but it did have a bud, as this photo shows.

Giant prickly stick insect, adult, 1 August 2015

Then, the next hothouse. On a smallish Eucalyptus tree in a pot in there, an adult giant prickly stick insect from Australia.

Giant prickly stick insect, juvenile, 1 August 2015

But there were not only adults. This species reproduces here, so there were young ones on that tree as well, like this one.

Giant prickly stick insect, small juvenile, 1 August 2015

This photo shows the smallest one of the new generation of giant prickly stick insects, while feeding.

Rare green snaketail dragonfly news


This is a 2009 video, showing a green snaketail dragonfly along the Roer river in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Translated from the Dutch Vlinderstichting entomologists:

Friday, July 31, 2015

It’s a good year for the green snaketail dragonfly. This rare species has been absent for decades in the Netherlands, but since 1996 it’s back in Limburg [province]. Three years ago, the green snaketail dragonfly was seen along the Dommel [river in North Brabant province] and it has been seen there once again.

Sawfly larvae feeding, video


This video shows sawfly larvae feeding on leaves.

Inge Koesen made this video in her backyard in the Netherlands.

Silver-studded blue butterfly dancing, video


This video shows a silver-studded blue butterfly, moving in a way which looks like dancing.

MarijkeS from the Netherlands made this video.

Hummingbird hawkmoth visits flowers, video


This slow motion video from Nijmegen city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands shows a hummingbird hawkmoth (and a bee) visiting flowers.

Recorded on 28 June 2015.