A male Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) up close on a cold and misty morning.
Our bee-hotel attracts some strange guests. This girl is a Gasteruption jaculator and is hovering in front of the hotel, looking for any holes containing bee eggs. She then uses her long injector to inject these eggs with her own egg. Suffice to say, it doesn't end well for the bee egg.
A Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) in flight.
A Darter (Sympetrum sp.) just moulted and is enjoying a very early sunbath.
This beautiful lady Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) touched down in our garden and stayed put for over two hours.
A male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) in full uniform. He really does give credit to his name.
This honeybee had taken refuge in a fallen sunflower during the storm last Saturday. The stem was broken half way up, but the flower was still hanging, providing both shelter from the rain as well as from the winds. Seems to me she could have picked a worse spot! Pollen frenzy!!!
Finally got the shot I wanted from this Northern Dune Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hybrida). These guys can run up to 9km/h and are quite shy, so getting up close and personal is a challenge! I think they're among the most tough looking beetles around, complete with metallic finish, high heels and mandibles that mean business.
Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) in a perfect pose. These Spreadwings differ from all other damsels in keeping their wings spread when resting.
Yay! Babies! The eggs have hatched and we have many new Green shield bugs (Palomena prasina) in our garden. Don't you just love those cute little red demon eyes. Or could that be fatherly love speaking...
This lady Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) was laying eggs and at one time she was fully submerged.
A male Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) on a Narrowleaf Plantain (Plantago lanceolata).
Nothing can beat my favorite Dutch damselfly. Banded Demoiselle, male (Calopteryx splendens).
This guy, the nymph of a Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyus punctatissima) seems to be looking forward to some heat, bathing in a blooming ball of petal fire.
Unfortunately the ladies don't always respond well to my charmes, I'm just a man! This lady Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) gave me the cold shoulder and didn't let me portrait her. Little did she know, I find her wings just as attractive!
What a treat, a beautiful female Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) on her hunting spot.
The wing of a male Banded Demoiselle (Calyopteryx splendens).
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) hatching from its larvae.
A female Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) trying to hide behind a leaf of reed. This game never gets boring!
Yes. It's that time of year again. Shot of a European Peacock (Aglais io).
A Grass Snake, or Ringed Snake (Natrix natrix). So today my girl and me went out in search of dragonflies and damselflies. Never expected my first encounter with this gorgeous animal! We followed it around a bit until it lay still. Sneaked up on it and just shot and shot, until my memory card was full. What an experience.
My Moby Dick from this spring, a Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni, male). Finally the shot I had in my head for so long!
A flower of Clematis montana in full midday sunlight. Normally not such a good lighting situation, but somehow I thought it kinda worked.
Because I'm happyyyyyy......
A male Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) was literally happy to pose for a shot! That, and rain and cold weather...
Ray of Light
Greater Stitchworth (Stellaria holostea) hit by a ray of light that's filtered through overhanging trees.
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria). In the Netherlands this species is very common and greatly increasing in numbers and territories. Often beauty can be found in everyday things.
Ready for take off
A Click Beetle (Agrypnus murinus) on the verge of taking off. His hight point, on which many flying insects tend to take off, is, in this case, the ear of rye. The larvae of these Click Beetles feed on the roots of plants, causing considerable damage. Therefore it's not the most liked guest in the fields. I like him very much though. He gave me a good shot.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) seen from above.
Just two tiny flies having a bit of fun. Everyone does a Horseride from time to time right?
Prickly Comfrey (Symphytum asperum) is an introduced species in Europe. I for one, am glad they did. In the right light there seem to be little LED's inside these flowers!
A Reed Beetle (Donacia semicuprea) on top of it's host plant Great Manna Grass (Glyceria aquatica).
Tadpoles from a Green Frog (Pelophylax sp.) Who knew they were into disco huh? Man those outfits are smashing!
A Common House Mosquito (Culex pipiens). Obviously a female. Ouch!
Drops of rain on the flower of a Pansy.
Caterpillar of probably a Grass Eggar (Lasiocampia sp.) in a somewhat threatening pose. He had it with me taking shots of him I guess.
A Dandelion. Why wait for the fluff, right?!
Don't forget me!
Tiny flowers of a Forget-me-not (Myosotis sp.) covered in drops.
A Mining Bee (Andrena flavipes) just about to enter her nest, a hole in the sandy ground. She looks a bit caught.
A Velvet Mite (Trombidium holosericeum). Yes, I tried to pet him, couldn't resist.
The tiniest of bees, approximately 8mm, a Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum malachurum) on the flower of a Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
A Stone Centipede (Lithobius forficatus). Finally got my shot! These widely spread centipedes, I think everybody knows 'em, grow up to 30mm in length and have a pair of legs which have grown to powerful fangs. A bite will feel to us like the sting of a wasp. They feed on all sorts of small invertebrates.
A tiny, very cute Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus) on a brick wall. For me it doesn't get any cuter than this.
An almost bursting flower of a Cherry Tree (Punus cerasifera).
Have I told you I just love these little fuzzballs? No? Well, I do. Big time. Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa).
Nothing wrong with a freshly shot little spider shot. At least In My Not So Humble Opinion. This is the handsome face of a female Ground Wolf-Spider (Trochosa terricola)
Scissors of a Shore Crab (Carcinus maenas) along the North Sea shoreline.
Up and away!
This tiniest of spiders (to set the scale, the flower is a Daisy) is working it's abdomen high up in the air to release a thread of silk. With this thread she is able to get to a new territory.
This solitairy bee is so heavy with pollen she couldn´t fly anymore. She agreed to a little shoot on my thumb.
The inside of a Crocus.
The eye of a small toad, covered in sand.
A female Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) laying her eggs in a pond.
A Willow Emerald Damselfly or Western Willow Spreadwing hanging from a branch. Looks like he had eyes in the back of it's head! Actually...he does I think.
As common as they are, not very often the subject of a photo. These wonderful little creatures known as Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) have very rudimentary ways of living on dry land, coming out of the seas originally. But they do survive sucessfully for over millions of years on that dry land. Enough reason for a picture.
Love in Green
A lovely couple of Silver-green leaf Weevils (Phyllobius argentatus).
A beautiful freckled nymph of a (probably) grasshopper.
The remains of a transformed dragonfly in late afternoon light.
A female Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) on a flower is feasting on nectar. It's a mess.....
A beautiful Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) in our garden,
This bee (Epeoloides coecutiens) is fast asleep on some cane. They grab the cane with their jaws and hold on tight, stiffening their entire bodies.
A female and male Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris) mating as they walk the scorching sands in the lower-Alps.
Such a happy little dragonfly this Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgarum) Catching flies in our garden on a warm October afternoon.
A male Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) resting on some reed.
A male Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) in flight.
Unfortunately this beautiful, colourful Mayfly, depending on the exact species, lives only a couple of minutes, up to a day at most.
This fly has made a fatal mistake...
This Deerfly (Chrysops relictus) with it's beautiful eyes found refuge on our window.
A female Wolf spider (Lycosidae spec.) with her youngsters on her back. This picture must be pure horror for some.
A Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) with pollen in it's hair making eyecontact.
An Emerald Damselfly, or Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) hanging from some reed.
A Robber Fly (Asilidae) on dry grass works well together.
A Large Red Damselfly looks like it's on fire. In Dutch the name is actually 'Fire Damselfly'
A Tansy Beetle coming out of 'the green'.
I'm going in!
It's feast again for this Marmalade Hoverfly when the first Sunflowers are coming to bloom in our garden!
A close up, or portrait, of a Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum).
You can't hide
This Owlfly (Ascalaphus libelluloides), a Dragonfly-like fast-flying daytime predator, nomally is very vivid and always flying. On this colder day I was able to get very close, although I couldn't hide and every time I came near he worked his way around the grass.
A male Scarlet Dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea) looking over it's territory, hanging over a small lake in Switzerland.
I'm sexy and I know it
This male Azure Damselfly looks cocky and self-assured.He's has every right to be don't you think?
Libellula quadrimaculata in flight.
A beautiful female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) blends in perfectly with her surroundings.
A female Blue Emperor resting in our garden let me come very close.
A Tiger Spitting Spider (Scytodes thoracica) with a precious cargo indeed. Mother spiders do not make a nest but carry along their eggs in a net of silk until they hatch.
A beautiful Common Green Bottle Fly (Phaenicia sericata) with it's amazing bluish green coat. This is one of the few pictures I took where I find selective color can be justified.
Of course it's no Orangutan. However, the resemblance is there. This is the caterpillar of a Drinker-butterfly (Euthrix potatoria)
This non biting midge (Chironomus plumosus) has a beautiful green tone and large plumoses on it's head. The scientific name comes from the Greek 'cheironomos' which means 'one who moves the hands' and refers to the front legs, often raised and vibrated, also visible on this photograph.
Drops of dew on the edge of a Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
Can I help you?
This solitary living bee is just about to exit his 'den'. I just love these little bees with all their fluffiness.
Please, I'm just a tiny spider
A tiny little jumping spider jumped onto our table. Just long enough to take a nice picture of this fellow (check out his palps!)
Take to the sky!
This Large Bee Fly (Bombylius major) is ready for take off.
A Common Brimstone in our attic wanted to fly away through the window in our roof. Right before I set it free I was able to take this shot in my improvised 'studio'.
A Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) feasting on the pollen of a Thousandleaf.
Flakes of snow on our gardentable.
Iceflowers on the windscreen of our car. Seems to be the only ice this winter in Holland...
Yellow will do
A hoverfly feeding on the flower of a Wild Strawberry.
This adult Yellow Swarming Fly (Thaumatomyia notata) is about 3mm long (0.12in) and is sitting on the edge of a Common Comfrey.
The lamelles of this mushroom show wonderfully translucent with a softened spotlight behind it.
A Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) feeding on a Thisle.
A Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius melpomene rosina) sitting elegantly on the end of a twig. On this twig you can see several young caterpillars of this species of butterly.This photograph is made with flash so the dark background is due to the absence of a physical background.
On top of my world - reloaded
Just before it flew away I got a chance to take a shot of this Soldier Beetle. This is a reload of an earlier posted photograph because this one has the right colorspace.
Two very young and tiny 'Collybia mucida' mushrooms just hatched together out of the same gap created by them in this Beechwood branch. This type of mushroom is known for it's parasitization on Beech.
Meet Mrs. Orange
This female European Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) is waiting patiently in her web for something, or someone, to get stuck. We all know what happens next...
This Daddy Longlegs (Pholcus phalangioides) has taken its refuge in our bathroom, high up in a corner. I think everybody knows them. He has been there since this spring and is slowly but surely growing to a, for it's species, formidable size Daddy. I kept track of him throughout the summer and every now and then I found him feasting on a mosquito. Today, he was ready for it's shoot.
A female Myathropa florea (a kind of hoverfly) posing for a nice shot.
A tiny, young Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) surrounded by the color of fallen Beech-leaves
A female Wolf Spider on the flower of a Rudbeckia, waiting, early in the morning, on her first catch. In my garden every flower of this Rudbeckia is the home of a female Wolf Spider. With these type of Rudbeckia every flower flowers for over two months so they can call it their home throughout most of the summer and even into autumn. In springtime, fresh out of the egg, they climb up the stem and claim their territory on which they can catch tiny insects and grow towards maturity.
The leaf of a Populus tremula or Eurasian Aspen in spectacular Indian Summer colors.
Let's Dance - reloaded
I had some interesting eyecontact with this wasp (European Paper Wasp or Polistes dominulus). Made with my home-made orangejuice flashtube. Check out my blog to read more about it. This is a reload of an earlier posted photograph because this one has the right colorspace.
Suck it up
This tiny fruitfly is sucking the nectar from the flower of Aquilegia.
A Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus) in a high-key like environment.
I'm not here...
This Emerald Damselfly was trying to hide, moving around the reed as I followed him with my camera. This is a revised version of a previously posted photograph.
A female Vagrant Darter chopping away her diner on her 'watchtower'. From this watchtower she strikes at small flies and other insects in the sky and eats them on that same watchtower.
A Common Winter Damselfly (Sympecma fusca) sitting on an old flower of a Lavender bush. This type of damselfly is one of only two damselflies in Europe that is found all year round as he overwinters as an adult.
This Anomoia purmunda, a kind of fruitfly, is blowing his bubble. In this bubble you can see my flash.
A beautiful little hoverfly sitting on the flower of Sedum telephium. Picture made in the evening/dusk with help from my juice carton macro-flash.
The leaf of a Beech in autumn. It beautifully shows that the tree is taking back it's chlorophyll through it's 'vains'.
Two Red Admirals make a nice pair on flowering Sedum telephium
This male and female Blue-tailed Damselfly seem to be disturbed in their early courtship when I approached them with my camera!
Sitting, wishing, waiting
This cross-spider is patiently waiting for his next catch.
A Scorpionfly (Panorpidae) sets everything in the shape of a 'V';