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tortoiseshell

Two pictures of a small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae), a colourful Eurasian butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. I took these pictures today on the “PEN island” outside Amsterdam.

prunus

A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura.

These three images were taken a few days ago in the Kersenbloesempark (Cherry blossom park) at the Amsterdamse Bos. There are 400 cherry trees there, donated Japan’s Women’s Club in the year 2000. All trees have their own name, 200 have Japanese women’s names and 200 Dutch women’s names.

If you happen to be in the area, I can definitely recommend a visit to the park 🙂

w12

Week 12! Little blue spring flowers, they’re called Chionodoxa but are also known as “Glory-of-the-snow”. In Sweden we call them (translated) “Spring Stars”, which I think is a very nice name 🙂

fog

A cold and foggy morning.. This picture was not taken today, because today is a beautiful sunny spring day here in Amsterdam 🙂

w11

Week 11: The first cherry blossoms of the year! 🙂

Prunus serrulata

curls

Tiny patterns in nature, only a few centimeters tall. Nothing special, but nice to look at I think 🙂

pollen

Yesterday I saw my first bee of the year, and not just any bee – I think she’s unusually beautiful, and look how happy she is! 🙂 Covered in fresh pollen from a crocus, just what she needed after the winter.

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) on a Spring crocus (Crocus vernus)

w10

Slowly it’s getting warmer.. Week 10 now and here in Amsterdam we can enjoy some spring flowers already 🙂

I took these pictures this afternoon –

(1) Lent lily (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

(2) Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)

tattoo

This is not just a ladybug like all others.. She has a cat tattoo on her left shoulder! 🙂

I always thought all ladybugs looked the same, but that’s not the case. According to Wikipedia, the spot size and coloration can provide some indication of how toxic the individual bug is to potential predators. It synthesizes the toxic alkaloids, N-oxide coccinelline and its free base precoccinelline; depending on sex and diet.

Seven-spotted ladybug or

Seven-spotted ladybug or “C-7” (Coccinella septempunctata)

Picture rotated and zoomed in:

tattoo-2

Hello Kitty

monophony

Perhaps a bit far-fetched, but these coots remind me of a musical sheet 🙂

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

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