New bug species discovered on Texel island


This video shows a Rhopalus subrufus bug.

Today, warden Jitske Esselaar on Texel in the Netherlands reports on research about bugs on the island in 2015.

Four species, new for Texel, were found: Hesperocorixa castanea, an aquatic species discovered in a pond.

Liorhyssus hyalinus is a land species. It had been found earlier on Schiermonnikoog, Terschelling and Vlieland islands.

Compsidolon salicellum was found in a forest; a first for all Wadden Sea islands.

Finding Rhopalus subrufus was also a first for the Wadden islands.

Bee and mites, video


This video shows a male red mason bee. He has many mites on his back. During mating, the mites will transfer to the female bee; in order to land in the nest, where they will eat waste.

Jelle Talsma in the Netherlands made this video.

A thousand mosquitoes dancing


This 17 May 2016 video shows very many nonbiting midges dancing. As their name says, they don’t bite.

Robert Hartog from the Netherlands made this video.

European hornet queen in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

7 May 2016

Giant European Hornet Queen searching for a nest site in early May on the deck. She seems to be partial to a bird house to begin laying eggs for a new colony that will last until Fall.

The Giant or European hornet was introduced into the New York area in the 1850s. It is the only true hornet in North America. Since its introduction, the European hornet has spread throughout most of the eastern United States. In nature, European hornets are beneficial because the feed on many insect pests.

Read more here.

Rare fly discovered on Ameland island


Delia quadripila, photo Joke van Erkelens

Translated from the Leeuwarder Courant in the Netherlands:

25 April 2016

On the salt marsh on the east side of Ameland an insect has been found that had not previously been found in the Netherlands. It’s Delia quadripila, a fly from the Anthomyiidea family which had not yet been identified in the Benelux countries before. The larvae feed on the chlorophyll of sea sandwort, a rare marsh plant. The specimen was found by Theo Kiewiet on March 13 as a pupa and then hatched in Meppel by amateur entomologist Joke van Erkelens. At the Vennootkwelder salt marsh sandwiched between the Oerd and Kooikersduinen areas approximately 120 insect species have been observed.

Rare damselflies back in the Netherlands


This Dutch video says about itself (translated):

April 15, 2016

In the east of the Netherlands last year was discovered a small population of pygmy damselflies (Nehalennia speciosa), an extremely rare damselfly species, reports Nature Today. The last times the pygmy damselfly has been found in our country were 1912 and 1955. The species has greatly deteriorated in all of Western Europe by damage to nature and the environment.

The damselfly genus Nehallenia is called after a Celtic, or Germanic goddess, worshiped when the present Netherlands was part of the Roman empire.

This is the smallest damselfly species of Europe. The video shows them mating.

Earwigs are good mothers, video


This video from the Netherlands shows a female earwig caring for her eggs and young.

Female earwigs lay about 50 eggs in their nests. When the nymphs (young earwigs) hatch, their mothers will care for them longer than any other insects do.