Natural History Photographs


A larger open space along the Rruga Grejcaj, some meadows surrounded by pine and mixed forest. In the pine forest, I found the intriguing mycoheterotrophic plant, Monotropa hypopitys. This plants derives its sugars from the pine tree, to which it is connected by a fungus that lives in symbiosis with the pine tree, but is parasitized upon by the so-called Dutchman's pipe.





On one of the woodland clearings, I found a huge boulder with a remarkably chaotic texture. Fragments are neatly layered, as one would expect from sedimentary rocks; but the fragments seem randomly oriented, something one would definitely not expect from regular sedimentation processes. A possible interpretation is that the chaotic orientation of the fragments resulted from a marine slump, a sudden slide of steeply sloping marine sediments. The presence of strongly warped rocks at the nearby Qafa e Thorës lends some credence to this interpretation, as the warped structures might also have originated in a marine slump - perhaps the same?
Milesia crabroniformis
This species had not been recorded yet for Albania, according to Fauna Europaea.
Polistes biglumis
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1758)
Nederlands:Bergveldwesp
Deutsch:Berg-Feldwespe
Gentiana cruciata
Nederlands:Kruisbladgentiaan
English:Cross Gentian, Cross-leaved Gentian
Deutsch:Kreuzblättriger Enzian, Kreuzenzian
Norsk:Korssøte
Svenska:Korsgentiana
Français:Gentiane croisette
Italiano:genziana crociata, genziana minore
Gentiana cruciata with mines of Chromatomyia gentianae
Nederlands:Kruisbladgentiaan
English:Cross Gentian, Cross-leaved Gentian
Deutsch:Kreuzblättriger Enzian, Kreuzenzian
Norsk:Korssøte
Svenska:Korsgentiana
Français:Gentiane croisette
Italiano:genziana crociata, genziana minore
Neotinea ustulata
Authority:(L.) Bateman, Pridgeon & Chase
Synonyms:Orchis ustulata L.
Odontorchis ustulata (L.) D.Tyteca & E.Klein
Nederlands:Aangebrande orchis
English:burnt orchid, Burnt-tip orchid, dark-winged orchid
Deutsch:angebrannte Orchis, angebranntes Knabenkraut, Brandkeuschständel,
schwarzköpfige Orchis, schwärzliches Knabenkraut
Svenska:krutbrännare
Français:orchis brûlé, orchis mignon
Italiano:orchide bruciacchiata, sipho macchiettato
Español:orquídea manchada
Neottia ovata
Authority:(L.) Bluff & Fingerh. 1838
Synonyms:Listera ovata (L.) R.Br., 1813
Ophrys ovata L. 1753
Nederlands:Grote keverorchis
English:Common twayblade, Eggleaf twayblade
Deutsch:Grosses Zweiblatt
Norsk:stortviblad
Svenska:tvåblad
Français:Listère ovale
Italiano:listera maggiore, orchide de primavera
Español:bifolio, hierba de dos hojas, listera ovada
Monotropa hypopitys
Synonyms:Hypopitys monotropa
Nederlands:Stofzaad
English:Yellow Bird's-nest
Deutsch:Fichtenspargel
Français:Sucepin
Italiano:ipopitide
Español:espárrago borde, jopo, pipa de indio
Teucrium montanum
Synonyms:Teucrium jailae, Teucrium pannonicum
Nederlands:Berggamander
English:Mountain germander
Deutsch:Berg-Gamander
Français:Germandrée des montagnes
Italiano:camedrio montano, teucrio montano
Viola spec. with gall
Nederlands:viooltjesbrand
Prunella grandiflora
Nederlands:Grote brunel
English:Large-flowered Selfheal
Deutsch:Grosse Brunelle
Norsk:Storblåkoll
Svenska:Praktbrunört
Français:Brunelle à grandes fleurs
Italiano:morella maggiore, prunella delle Alpi
Español:consuelda mayor
Volucella
zonaria
Nederlands:Stadsreus
English:hornet hoverfly
Deutsch:Große Waldschwebfliege, Hornissenschwebfliege, Riesen-Hummelschwebfliege

Lycaenidae
Authority:(Leach), (1815)
Nederlands:blauwtjes
English:gossamer-winged butterflies
Deutsch:Bläulinge
Polyommatus
damon
Authority:([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
English:Damon Blue
Deutsch:Großer Esparsetten-Bläuling
Français:Sablé du sainfoin
Español:rayada azul