… until the first tomatoes. Can’t wait! :-)
en Mint leaf beetle
Laura posing for a sunset portrait. :-)
en Red belt conk
de Rotrandiger Baumschwamm
Fomitopsis pinicola is a stem decay fungus, common throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere. It is normally found on dead conifers, but can also be observed growing on large stem wounds, broken tops, and dead tissue of live trees.
This fungus creates canopy gaps, influences stand structure and succession, increases biodiversity, and enhances wildlife habitat. It also performs essential nutrient cycling functions in forests by decomposing stems, branches, roots, and boles of dead trees. Cavities created by the fungus in standing trees provide crucial habitat for many wildlife species including bears, voles, squirrels, and a number of bird species. (source: Wikipedia)
Prunus spinosa is a species of flowering plant in the rose family Rosaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and locally in northwest Africa.
en Red kite
Red kites are 60 to 70 cm long, with a 175–179 cm wingspan. It is an elegant bird, often soaring on long wings held at a dihedral angle, and long forked tail twisting as it changes direction.
They inhabit broadleaf woodlands, valleys and wetland edges, to 800 metres, and are endemic to the western Palearctic, with the European population of 19,000–25,000 pairs encompassing 95% of its global breeding range.
The three largest populations (in Germany, France and Spain, which together hold more than 75% of the global population) declined between 1990 and 2000, and overall the species declined by almost 20% over the ten-year period. The main threats to red kites are poisoning, through illegal direct poisoning and indirect poisoning from pesticides, particularly in the wintering ranges in France and Spain, and changes in agricultural practices causing a reduction in food resources. (source: Wikipedia)