Natural History Photographs




Wasps & Bees
Lasioglossum
cf. calceatum
Nederlands:Gewone geurgroefbij
English:Common furrow bee
Deutsch:Gewöhnliche Schmalbiene
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 11 March 2007.
Feeding at Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Osmia rufa
Amstelveen; 13 March 2007.
Feeding at Lesser Celandine
(Ranunculus ficaria)
Apis mellifera
Nederlands:Honingbij
English:Western honey bee
Amstelveen; 15 March 2007.
Honeybee feeding on male willow catkins (Salix sp.)
Andrena vaga
Nederlands:Grijze zandbij
English:Grey-backed mining bee
Deutsch:Große Weiden-Sandbiene
Fochteloërveen; 22 April 2007.
Collecting pollen on its exclusive larval
food source, willow catkins (Salix sp.)
Andrena ventralis
Nederlands:Roodbuikje
Deutsch:Rotbauch-Sandbiene
Geuldal near Epen (Zuid-Limburg);
5 May 2007. At Ranunculus spec.
Andrena florea
Nederlands:Heggenrankbij
English:Bryony mining bee
Deutsch:Zaunrüben-Sandbiene
Vaals (Zuid-Limburg); 6 May 2007.
At Bryonia dioica.
Nomada spec.
Amstelveen; 1 April 2007.
Feeding at Dandelion (Taraxacum sp.)
Ammophila spec.
Nederlands:Rupsendoder
Tafelbergheide; 18 May 2007.
Feeding on bramble (Rubus spec.)
Philanthus triangulum
Nederlands:Bijenwolf
Deutsch:Garten-Bienenwolf
Amstelveen; 19 May 2007.
Perching male.


Hoverflies

Meliscaeva auricollis
Nederlands:Variabel elfje
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 13 March 2007.
Feeding at male willow catkins.
Eristalis tenax
Nederlands:Blinde bij
Deutsch:Mistbiene
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 15 March 2007.
Feeding at male willow catkins.
Eristalis spec.
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 11 March 2007.
On Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara.
Syrphus torvus
Nederlands:Bosbandzweefvlieg
Deutsch:Behaarte Schwebfliege
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 11 March 2007.
On Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara.
Cheilosia chrysocoma
Nederlands:Vosrood gitje
Deutsch:Pelzige Erzschwebfliege
Near Fochteloërveen; 22 April 2007.
In flight, this furry fly is a very good mimic of the bee Andrena fulva.
Here it is feeding at female willow catkins.
Eupeodes luniger
Nederlands:Grote kommazweefvlieg
Deutsch:Mondfleck-Feldschwebfliege
Amstelveen; 10 - 17 March 2007. Feeding at Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa.
Syrphus torvus
Nederlands:Bosbandzweefvlieg
Deutsch:Behaarte Schwebfliege
Amstelveen; 13 March 2007. At Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa.
Xylota sylvarum
Nederlands:Grote gouden bladloper
Deutsch:Goldhaar-Langbauchschwebfliege
Geuldal near Epen (Zuid-Limburg); 5 May 2007.
At Buttercup, Ranunculus spec.
Temnostoma bombylans
Nederlands:Donkere wespvlieg
Deutsch:Hummel-Moderholzschwebfliege
Amsterdamse bos; 15 May 2007.
A convincing wasp mimic. The front legs mimic a wasp's antennae.


Flies

Sepsis spec.
 
Amstelveen; 8 March 2007. Bloesembos (near Amstelveen);
10 March 2007.
Sepsis punctum
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 11 March 2007.
Feeding at Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Myopa testacea
Nederlands:Stipblaaskaakje
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 13 March 2007.
On the outlook for Bumblebees, its larval host.
Scatophaga spec.
Amstelveen; 10 March 2007.
At Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).
Lucilia spec.
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 11 March 2007.
At Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).
Phaonia spec.
Amsterdamse bos; 17 March 2007. Feeding on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).
Bombylius spec.
Geuldal near Epen (Zuid-Limburg); 5 May 2007.
Feeding at Melandirum rubrum
Bombylius major
Nederlands:Gewone wolzwever
Slenaken (Zuid-Limburg); 5 May 2007.
Female collecting sand to coat the eggs.
Acrosathe annulata
Nieuw Bussumerheide; 25 April 2007.
Dysmachus trigonus
Nederlands:Borstelroofvlieg
Deutsch:Säbel-Raubfliege
 
Limitische heide; 25 April 2007. Nieuw Bussumerheide; 18 May 2007.
Gymnosoma cf. nudifrons
Nieuw Bussumerheide; 25 April 2007.


Butterflies

Aglais urticae
Nederlands:Kleine vos
English:Small Tortoiseshell
Deutsch:Kleine Fuchs
Norsk:Neslesommerfugl
Svenska:Nässelfjäril
Français:Petite Tortue
Español:ortiguera
Bloesembos (Amstelveen); 15 March 2007.
Small Tortoiseshell at Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).
Amstelveen; 13 March 2007.
Small Tortoiseshell at Blacthorn (Prunus spinosa).
Polygonia c-album
Nederlands:gehakkelde aurelia
English:Comma
Deutsch:C-Falter
Norsk:Hvit c
Svenska:Vinbärsfuks
Français:Robert-le-Diable
Español:c-blanca
Amstelveen; 2 April 2007.
Comma butterfly at Blacthorn (Prunus spinosa).