Hello

This beautiful lady Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) touched down in our garden and stayed put for over two hours.

Alien Encounter

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.

King

A male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) in full uniform. He really does give credit to his name.

Pollen Frenzy!

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!!!

Tiger

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.

Spread

Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) in a perfect pose. These Spreadwings differ from all other damsels in keeping their wings spread when resting.

Babies!

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...

Submerged

This lady Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) was laying eggs and at one time she was fully submerged.

Blue

A male Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) on a Narrowleaf Plantain (Plantago lanceolata).

Banded Demoiselle

Nothing can beat my favorite Dutch damselfly. Banded Demoiselle, male (Calopteryx splendens).

Yellow on Green

A lady Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum).

Fireball!

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.

Wings

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!

Yellowish

What a treat, a beautiful female Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) on her hunting spot.

Wing

The wing of a male Banded Demoiselle (Calyopteryx splendens).

Hatch

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) hatching from its larvae.

Peekaboo!

A female Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) trying to hide behind a leaf of reed. This game never gets boring!

Peacock

Yes. It's that time of year again. Shot of a European Peacock (Aglais io).

Ssssss.......

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.

Lemon

My Moby Dick from this spring, a Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni, male). Finally the shot I had in my head for so long!

Graceful

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

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.

Boom!

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) seen from above.

Springtime

Just two tiny flies having a bit of fun. Everyone does a Horseride from time to time right?

LED

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!

At home

A Reed Beetle (Donacia semicuprea) on top of it's host plant Great Manna Grass (Glyceria aquatica).

Tadpoles

Tadpoles from a Green Frog (Pelophylax sp.) Who knew they were into disco huh? Man those outfits are smashing!

Mosquito

A Common House Mosquito (Culex pipiens). Obviously a female. Ouch!

More Drops

Pansy

Drops of rain on the flower of a Pansy.

Posing

Caterpillar of probably a Grass Eggar (Lasiocampia sp.) in a somewhat threatening pose. He had it with me taking shots of him I guess.

All Curly

A Dandelion. Why wait for the fluff, right?!

Don't forget me!

Tiny flowers of a Forget-me-not (Myosotis sp.) covered in drops.

Yes?

A Mining Bee (Andrena flavipes) just about to enter her nest, a hole in the sandy ground. She looks a bit caught.

Velvety

A Velvet Mite (Trombidium holosericeum). Yes, I tried to pet him, couldn't resist.

Cuteness

The tiniest of bees, approximately 8mm, a Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum malachurum) on the flower of a Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

Centipede

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.

Spidey

A tiny, very cute Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus) on a brick wall. For me it doesn't get any cuter than this.

Drops

An almost bursting flower of a Cherry Tree (Punus cerasifera).

Fuzzball

Have I told you I just love these little fuzzballs? No? Well, I do. Big time. Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa).

A mouthful

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

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.

Loaded

This solitairy bee is so heavy with pollen she couldnĀ“t fly anymore. She agreed to a little shoot on my thumb.

Inside

The inside of a Crocus.

Toad's Eye

The eye of a small toad, covered in sand.

Crib

A female Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) laying her eggs in a pond.

Hangin'

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.

Porcellio scaber

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).

Freckles

A beautiful freckled nymph of a (probably) grasshopper.

Ghost

The remains of a transformed dragonfly in late afternoon light.

Pollen frenzy

A female Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) on a flower is feasting on nectar. It's a mess.....

Migrant Hawker

A beautiful Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) in our garden,

Sleeping Beauty

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.

Cozy couple

A female and male Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris) mating as they walk the scorching sands in the lower-Alps.

Happy

Such a happy little dragonfly this Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgarum) Catching flies in our garden on a warm October afternoon.

Black Darter

A male Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) resting on some reed.

Dragonflight

A male Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) in flight.

Best eyes in town

Jumping Spiders have the most advanced eyes of all species of spiders.

Ephemeroptera

Unfortunately this beautiful, colourful Mayfly, depending on the exact species, lives only a couple of minutes, up to a day at most.

O sh*t...

This fly has made a fatal mistake...

The Kitchen

Just for fun, a little look inside the kitchen.

Glow in the Dark

A female Common Glowworm (Lampyris noctiluca) at night in a green field, waiting for a mate. Technically not the best photograph I ever took, but for me though, it's kinda special.

Jump!

This Blue Bottle Fly (Calliphora vomitoria) seems to make a jump! It's actually somewhat hovering through the sky.

Stinger

This Deerfly (Chrysops relictus) with it's beautiful eyes found refuge on our window.

Mothership

A female Wolf spider (Lycosidae spec.) with her youngsters on her back. This picture must be pure horror for some.

Hover

A Hoverfly hovering in our garden on a sunny day. With flash on it really makes him stand out of the background.

Vespula vulgaris

A Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) with pollen in it's hair making eyecontact.

Fragility

An Emerald Damselfly, or Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) hanging from some reed.

Robber

A Robber Fly (Asilidae) on dry grass works well together.

I.I.F.

Insect In Flight. A Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) hovering over it's territory.

Face to face

A Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) resting on the remains of a flower.

On Fire

A Large Red Damselfly looks like it's on fire. In Dutch the name is actually 'Fire Damselfly'

Chrysolina graminis

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!

Close up

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.

Red

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?

In Flight

Libellula quadrimaculata in flight.

Green

A beautiful female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) blends in perfectly with her surroundings.

Anax imperator

A female Blue Emperor resting in our garden let me come very close.

Mr. Crab

A tiny Forest Crabspider (Xysticus lanio) walking on the pavement in our backyard.

Hi there!

A male Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) having a good morning.

Precious Cargo

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.

Ballerina

A Hoverfly like a true Ballerina in the sky

Dr. Evil

A Variable Damselfly looking at it's most serious.

Bluish

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.

Orangutan

Of course it's no Orangutan. However, the resemblance is there. This is the caterpillar of a Drinker-butterfly (Euthrix potatoria)

Green Goblin

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.

Caterpillar

Drops of dew on the edge of a Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Kung Fu

A male Wolfspider was trying to impress a female, waving and shivering with his palps. Looks like he's doing Kung-fu or another martial art though.....

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.

Hibernator

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'.

En Profil

A Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) feasting on the pollen of a Thousandleaf.

Flakes

Flakes of snow on our gardentable.

Ice

Iceflowers on the windscreen of our car. Seems to be the only ice this winter in Holland...

Grumpy

A little grumpy toad in our backyard agreed with a portrait shot. I love the little ball of dirt above his eye.

Yellow will do

A hoverfly feeding on the flower of a Wild Strawberry.

Me

This is actually sort of a selfportrait, it's my own eye...

Yes...?

A gold-coloured fly on the stem of a sunflower seems to look up to the camera and is wondering what is going on.

Let's have a look...

This fly was sitting delightfully in the sun, warming up for the rest of the day.

Yellow

This adult Yellow Swarming Fly (Thaumatomyia notata) is about 3mm long (0.12in) and is sitting on the edge of a Common Comfrey.

Black

The lamelles of this mushroom show wonderfully translucent with a softened spotlight behind it.

On High Heels

A plant louse on a Raspberry. This is a reload of an earlier posted photograph because this one has the right colorspace.

Neon

This caterpillar is hanging upside down from the leaf of a Raspberry. Probably the caterpillar of the butterfly Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

Fuzzy fellow

A Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) feeding on a Thisle.

99

This Forget-me-not was the favourite flower of this type of bee, I never got the species right so unfortunately this is all the information I have. The title refers to the fact that is is my 99th picture on 500px.com.

Flames

These are the flower leaves of a red and yellowish Sunflower.

An Owl's Eye

The 'eye' on the gigantic wing of a Owl Butterfly (Caligo spec.) is believed to resemble he eye of an owl. I for one am fooled by this beautiful deception.

In The Green

A Hoverfly sitting elegantly on the edge of a leaf, surrounded by 'green'.

Passion

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.

Check out my new sunglasses - reloaded

This hoverfly is having it's meal on a yellow Thousandleaf. The way it loosely hangs gives him a kind of cool This is a reload of an earlier posted photograph because this one has the right colorspace.

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.

Over my shoulder

A Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) looking over it's left shoulder to check out what's going on behind him.

Nymph

The nymph of a Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) just before it shed it's last outer shell and became a full grown Shield Bug.

Twins

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...

My Hangout

A male Western Willow Spreadwing (Lestes viridis) hanging from the branch of one of it's favourite shrubs, the Hawthorn. The Western Willow Spreadwing is the only Spreadwing to lay it's eggs not in the water but high above it in or between the bark of the Hawthorn or other overhanging trees.

Daddy Longlegs

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.

Nosey parker

A female Myathropa florea (a kind of hoverfly) posing for a nice shot.

Mystic

A tiny, young Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) surrounded by the color of fallen Beech-leaves

Nobody's Friend

Female mosquito in our bathroom posed for a nice macro.

Moist

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.

Balancing Act

A Harvestman (Phalangium opilio) balancing over the leaf of a Crocosmia plant. You can just see it's little eyes through his second pair of front legs. Full frame shot with flash.

Indian Summer

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.

It's alive...! Alive!

This Leafhopper (Elymana sulphurella) has a surprising resemblance with the little flowers in the background of this yellow sunflower.

My place!

A little Crabspider (Xysticus cristatus) has taken refuge in a red and yellow sunflower.

Suck it up

This tiny fruitfly is sucking the nectar from the flower of Aquilegia.

Fungus

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.

Purple Rain

These are the seeds of a red flowering Sunflower still packed tightly together in the flowerhead.

Homage

This picture is a homage to my o so beloved Tokina AT-X 90mm f/2.5 Macro lens. It is a fully manual lens but on my Pentax K-x that's not a problem at all. The first ones were made back in 1986. The main lens has a magnification of 1:2 but with the original 'Macro Extender' (a 3-piece lens instead of just a hollow tube) it goes all the way to 1:1. It's the best lens I have and it's safe to say I will never never sell this beauty.

Today's Special

This female Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) is having it's lunch, some sort of fly, on the stem of some reed. This is the revised version of a previous posted photograph.

Eyecontact

This beautiful jumping spider was not afraid of a lens in his face. Each time I pressed my shutter it instantly jumped back a bit. Bold as he was he even jumped onto my flashtube (see blog)!

Love

This male and female Blue-tailed Damselflies are making love in the beautiful backlight of the September sun.

Nice place for my eggs

This hoverfly is laying her eggs on the underside of a Great Willowherb. Shot with my orangejuice-carton flashtube (see blog).

The Watchtower

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.

Brown

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.

Colors

The beautiful colors of a Osteospermum flower

Portrait of a Wasp

A portrait of a European Paper Wasp or Polistes dominulus.

Bubblicious

This Anomoia purmunda, a kind of fruitfly, is blowing his bubble. In this bubble you can see my flash.

Gold

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.

On my leaf

Grasshopper (Chorthippus mollis?) sitting on a leaf. I could get very close with this little fellow. Even when I got my shots it didn't hop away!

Autumn

The leaf of a Beech in autumn. It beautifully shows that the tree is taking back it's chlorophyll through it's 'vains'.

Dinner for one

This Funnel-web spider (Agelena labyrinthica) has caught herself a nice Brown Cicada.

Many

Blue mussels on a seashore in British Columbia, Canada.

Eye for an eye

A Deerfly (Chrysops relictus) with it's beautiful eyes...and it's painful sting...!

Peekaboo!

This Goldwasp (Chrysis ignita) is roaming around our insect-hotel in search of solitary-bee eggs to parasite on.

Repetition

Two Red Admirals make a nice pair on flowering Sedum telephium

Solar

Hoverfly feasting on a Sunflower, the pollen are all over him.

Hello!

This Hoverly (Episyrphus balteatus) was holding it's balance with his middle right leg.

Tender love

This male and female Blue-tailed Damselfly seem to be disturbed in their early courtship when I approached them with my camera!

Demoiselle

A Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) was flying amongst other males above a stream, in comeptition for the females and all wanting to claim the best spot.

Sitting, wishing, waiting

This cross-spider is patiently waiting for his next catch.

V

A Scorpionfly (Panorpidae) sets everything in the shape of a 'V';

Early Morning Killings

This victim must have been surprised by it's predator, he didn't even have time to warm up in the summer sun when he was caught.