Rare European mole cricket, video


The European mole cricket in this video was found in an allotment garden in the Netherlands.

This species is rare there.

Gerard de Buck made this video.

21 spiny flower mantis babies born


This 20 November 2015 video from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands is about the recent birth there of 21 spiny flower mantis babies.

After about two months, the eggs of this African insect species hatched.

The youngsters will need to molt seven times before they reach adulthood, when they will be as colourful as their parents.

This 26 September 2014 is about when the spiny flower mantis adults had just arrived in the zoo.

This video shows some adults as well.

Bug sucks crane fly dry, video


This video is about a bug sucking a crane fly dry.

André van Calsbeek from Friesland in the Netherlands made this video.

This video is the sequel.

Great spotted woodpecker attacks insect hotel


In this video, a great spotted woodpecker attacks an insect hotel to catch food.

The video is from the garden of klomplw4 in the Netherlands.

Female parasitoid wasp, video


This video shows a female ichneumonid parasitoid wasp on a tree in the Netherlands.

She tries to smell and feel larvae living in the wood. She will lay her eggs in these larvae. With her ovipositor, she can bore holes in the tree.

Everdien van de Bijl made this video.

Hornets’ nest in nestbox, video


This video is about a hornet colony, squatting in a birds’ nestbox in the valley of the river Roer in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Remco Klein made this video.

Dutch bee-eaters, more nests than ever


This video is about a small bee-eater nesting colony near Huesca in Spain.

The Dutch SOVON ornithologists report today about bee-eaters nesting in the Netherlands this year.

In 2015, there were 212 bee-eater nests in the Netherlands: more than ever.

Seven of them were in a successful breeding colony in Limburg province.

There was a nest in Friesland. However, there the chicks died from lack of food. The food in Friesland turned out to have been mainly bumblebees (55%) and wasps (16%).