Susanne’s proud hens and rooster. Aren’t they something?
en Common yellow swallowtail
These two are made for each other.
en Sloe bug
Dolycoris baccarum, the sloe bug, is a species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae. It is widespread in most of Europe and Central Asia. These shield bugs mainly inhabit hedgerows and woodland edges, fields, forests, parks and gardens.
Adults can be found all year around, as they overwinter. They emerge in the following spring, when they mate and females lay eggs. By the end of summer the new generation of adults appear. Larvae feed on many plants, especially Rosaceae and Asteraceae species. Adults can be found frequently on shrubs feeding on berries like honeysuckle and raspberry. (source: Wikipedia)
Mushroom season is here and the diversity and beauty are amazing! Came across this bunch and many others on a walk through the forest, and I’d say the animals were way quicker in noticing it than me — more than half of the mushrooms were partly eaten. Slugs seem to love them.
en Silver-washed fritillary
Argynnis paphia is a common and variable butterfly found over much of the Palaearctic ecozone.
Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles, and knapweeds, and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier, and more mobile than other fritillaries, and, as such, can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. Its preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland, especially oaks, but it has been known to live in coniferous woodland.
Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar’s food source (in this case violets), but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets. When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening, it will drop to the ground and feed on violets close to the base of the tree. (source: Wikipedia)
de Gemeine Wegwarte, Zichorie
Common chicory is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant of the dandelion family Asteraceae, usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Many varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons, or roots, which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It is also grown as a forage crop for livestock. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and is now common in North America, China, and Australia, where it has become widely naturalized.
Root chicory contains volatile oils similar to those found in plants in the related genus Tanacetum which includes Tansy, and is similarly effective at eliminating intestinal worms. All parts of the plant contain these volatile oils, with the majority of the toxic components concentrated in the plant’s root.
Chicory (especially the flower), used as a folk medicine in Germany, is recorded in many books as an ancient German treatment for everyday ailments. It is variously used as a tonic and as a treatment for gallstones, gastro-enteritis, sinus problems and cuts and bruises. Chicory contains inulin, which may help humans with weight loss, constipation, improving bowel function and general health. (source: Wikipedia)
en Wasp spider
Argiope bruennichi is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, northern Europe, north Africa, parts of Asia, the Azores and Madeira archipelagos, as well as in North American states such as Ohio where it was sighted recently. Learn more about the wasp spider here.
The mallard or wild duck is a dabbling duck that breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, the Falkland Islands, and South Africa.
It inhabits a wide range of habitats and climates and is found in both fresh and salt-water wetlands, including parks, small ponds, rivers, lakes and estuaries, as well as shallow inlets and open sea within sight of the coastline.
Mallards have had a long relationship with humans and almost all varieties of domestic ducks were derived from it. They were first domesticated in Southeast Asia at least 4000 years ago, during the Neolithic Age, and were also farmed by the Romans in Europe, and the Malays in Asia. It is also common for mallards to mate with domestic ducks and produce hybrid offspring that are fully fertile. (source: Wikipedia)