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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)


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:

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Hello Kitty


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I know it’s only the 22nd of February, but Spring is coming! Here’s my first flower picture of the year, taken a few days ago 🙂

(In case it’s not obvious, I don’t own a macro lens anymore and I’m not fully familiar with my new camera but I’m learning as I go along!)

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Eranthis hyemalis


w49

It’s 10 °C and grey here in Amsterdam, not the most inspiring weather for playing around with my new Fuji.. I’m waiting for frost and snow, but in the meantime here’s a shot of dew instead.

Happy 3rd Advent everyone!

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w43

Some pictures I took in Sweden last weekend:

(1) A little Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peeking out from behind a tree

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(2) Small mushrooms growing on a fallen tree trunk

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(3) Clematis seed heads up close

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(4) The autumn colours were wonderful. I was lucky; the day after I left it started to snow 🙂

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w34

Week 34 already! Here’s a Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) basking in the sun, we’re enjoying sunny summer days here in Amsterdam this week 🙂

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Its face look a bit comical seen from the front.. Little Muppet!

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anthrax

Anthrax anthrax, is a species of fly in the family Bombyliidae. It’s a fairly large fly, the body length is 10 mm. The body is black with four white markings at tergum 2 and 3 and two white markings at the end of the abdomen. Tergum 1 is black with tufts of white hairs at the side (visible when hovering, thus not in this picture). The wings are mostly black, only the tops are transparant, and the veins are dark brown. It kind of looks like the wings have been painted with watercolour, I think the pattern is quite nice. 🙂

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

May your Easter basket be full of hope, health, joy, happiness and peace.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


taipei-i

I’m just back from a short visit to Taipei, Taiwan. Here are some butterfly shots I took there, using Fujifilm X100S & Raynox DCR-150.

(1) Mangrove Tree Nymph (Idea leuconoe chersonesia), a.k.a. Paper Kite, Rice Paper, or Large Tree Nymph

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(2) Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris)

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(3) Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus), a.k.a. African or Asian Monarch

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