New fly species discovery in the Netherlands


Schistosoma truncatum

Waarneming.nl in the Netherlands reports by e-mail that a fly species, new for the Netherlands, was discovered in the sand dunes of Meijendel nature reserve. Schistostoma truncatum was found on 20 April 2015 by Arie Benschop.

Black woodpeckers catch ants for their chicks


This video is about a black woodpecker couple, breaking an anthill open.

They want to feed the ants to the hungry chicks in their nest.

Hans Wolters in the Netherlands made this video.

Skylark, stonechat, and oak eggar caterpillar


This video is about a yellowhammer singing.

After 5 May 2015, 6 May in and around Dwingelderveld national park in Drenthe.

Early in the morning, a red squirrel outside.

In the Dwingelose heide heathland, a yellowhammer sings.

A curlew calls.

Moss, 6 May 2015

Not just heather grows here: eg, moss as well.

Many skylarks fly up and down, singing.

Skylark, 6 May 2015

One skylark, a bit atypically, sits down on a bush.

A kestrel flies overhead.

Oak eggar caterpillar, 6 May 2015

On the sandy path along the bicycle track, oak eggar caterpillars. These hairy caterpillars, common in Dwingelderveld at this time of the year, may irritate people’s skins. Some birds don’t like to feed on hairy caterpillars like these; but, eg, cuckoos don’t mind.

Near a lakelet, a northern lapwing couple flying and calling. And a redshank.

From the hide, again two black-necked grebes. And tufted ducks.

On the bank of Holtveenslenk lake, a spoonbill. While a grey heron flies away.

A long-tailed tit in a tree.

Stonechat male, on 6 April 2015

Then, a male stonechat.

Honey buzzards returning from Africa


This video shows a honey buzzard, digging at a wasps’ nest.

Translated from the Dutch Sovon ornithologists:

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

On May 5, the first bird of the transmitter project ‘Honey Buzzards of the Kempenbroek‘ returned to our country. In the third week of April the birds left their wintering grounds in West Africa. The birds needed more time than usually for the journey due to bad weather over the Sahara and Europe. The coming period we will be able to see if and when the other birds will arrive with us. The Honey Buzzard, along with species such as Turtle Dove, Icterine Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Reed Warbler, Golden Oriole, and Red-backed Shrike is among the last species to return to us from Africa.

Meanwhile, more honey buzzards have arrived.

Large hawk moth discovery in China


This is a Langia zenzeroides video.

From Xinhua news agency in China:

Hawk moth found in Sichuan is largest ever discovered

2015-05-13 09:35 (GMT+8)

A hawk moth found in a mountainous area in the southwest province of Sichuan is believed to be the largest of its species ever discovered, local experts said Monday.

Zhao Li, head of the Insect Museum of West China in the provincial capital Chengdu, said the hawk moth was discovered by a team from the museum during an expedition to Qingcheng Mountain. The moth’s wingspan is 17.5 centimeters long. Previously, the largest hawk moth found had a wingspan of 15.6 centimeters.

The newly discovered hawk moth belongs to the species of Langia zenzeroides, the largest hawk moth species. Wing spans of L. zenzeroides are generally 12 to 15 centimeters long.

According to Zhao, these moths usually live in northern India, northern Thailand, northern Vietnam, as well as southern and eastern China. They have been known to take up residence in mountainous areas with an altitude of 1,000-2,000 meters in western Sichuan province in April and May.

Tree pipit, stonechat and whitethroat


This video is called Black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) with young.

After 3 May 2015, 4 May 2015 in Drenthe.

Near Kraloo, a black redstart on a roof.

In the Dwingelderveld, an Egyptian goose near a lake.

A cuckoo on a tree.

From the hide at the Davidsplassen lakes, one can see coots swimming. Barn swallows nest in the hide.

Grey lag geese fly past.

One can hear a little grebe. Two slightly bigger relatives, a black-necked grebe couple, dive again and again.

Just past the hide, a grey heron. Tufted ducks swimming. A Canada goose.

In a peat bog ditch, pondskaters.

Ground-ivy, 4 May 2015

Ground-ivy flowers.

Big caterpillars of oak eggar moths.

Tree pipit, 4 May 2015

On a shrub in heathland, a tree pipit sings.

Stonechat male, 4 April 2015

A bit further, a male and a female stonechat.

Stonechat male, on 4 April 2015

A whitethroat sings.

Whitethroat, 4 May 2015

A yellowhammer in a tree sings.

Long-tailed tits drive away a jay.

On the edge of a peat bog, male and female common pochard swimming.

A brimstone butterfly lands on a dandelion flower.

Dung beetle transporting dung, video


This is a video about a dung beetle transporting dung; while a slug watches.

Michael de Vries in the Netherlands made this video.