Prickly animals

As with many other animal species, the hedgehog is not doing so well. Traffic, but also our way of gardening are to blame for this. 'Neat' short mowed, raked and snail-free gardens with a pond with a steep edge are disastrous for these prickly animals. So give them a helping hand.

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Comma butterfly

The comma butterfly is one of the four common butterfly species in the Netherlands that overwinter as imago. Now that the spring sun is showing itself again, these hibernating butterflies are emerging from their hiding places.

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The herald

The herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix) is one of the few moths that hibernate as imago. Somewhere in a dark and draft-free place, but sometimes also in the house. If you come across one in the house, put it outside carefully. The moth survives the winter cold, to fly around again in the spring with the first heat.

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Bugs, bugs, bugs

Bugs come in different shapes, colors and sizes. About a thousand species occur in the Netherlands and Belgium. The number of species worldwide is estimated at several tens of thousands.

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Oystercatcher

The oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) is increasingly visiting the city to breed. While it is originally a true coastal inhabitant who, driven by various causes, sought and found a new habitat in the inland.

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Ladybirds

Ladybirds, who doesn't know them? Funny little beetles often with dots on their backs. And a predilection for aphids.

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Peace on earth

The time of peace on earth has arrived, including Christmas cards with the lovely robin. Although, lovely? Read about its true nature in my blog.

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Winter damsels

You may not believe it, but you can find damselflies in winter too, even when it’s freezing! The winterdamsels to be precise. In the Netherlands you can find the common winter damselfly and the rare Siberian winter damselfly.

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A caterpillar or not?

The caterpillar is the larva of a butterfly or moth. But there are also larvae that look a lot like a caterpillar, but are not. They belong to sawflies. This blog is about the differences between the two.

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Two different species?

I regularly receive questions from readers about animals that have been seen, usually to help identify the species. For example, I recently got two questions in quick succession that happened to be related to the same species: the gypsy moth. In this blog, more about this beautiful, but also feared species.

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