This cute butterfly is a cannibal, as jungle ranger Frans Captiigne knows

Forest ranger France Captigen shares his knowledge of nature on the radio every week. Listeners can ask questions via [email protected] This time, the thousandth, in Dustmail, cares about blue flowers, also called wild lilies, and various butterflies.
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Which butterfly is on this faded dandelion?
Jan Van Weygenberg sent me a picture of a butterfly on the fluff of a dandelion plant. Jan wondered which butterfly was this. When I see that butterfly myself in the spring, I am completely happy. This is what I get when I see a picture of Jean. We are dealing here with the male butterfly called the orange tip. The name is very easy to explain, because the male of this species of butterflies has an orange spot on both front wings. Females do not have this. It is very similar to Reseda white. In addition, females drink a lot of nectar, while males often fly protectively. After mating, the female lays an egg on one stem, for example, Pentecostal flowers – favorites with orange tips. These eggs secrete a substance that ensures that other females do not lay eggs there. Although the orange tips look very friendly, they are cannibals. The larvae that discover a later laid egg with an orange head, eat it right away.

The black stork can be seen regularly in Campina (Photo: Joep Smulders).
The black stork can be seen regularly in Campina (Photo: Joep Smulders).

Special stork seen in Lennisheuvel
Joep Smulders sent me a picture of a big black bird with beautiful red legs. He himself thought of a stork. That’s right, it is the somewhat rarer black stork. Saw him near Lennisheuvel. This may also be true, because the black stork is regularly seen near the Campina Nature Reserve. I have seen this bird myself many times in Campina. In fact, these black storks, which we see in our country, are birds that visit our country between May and August as migrants. But it could also be the sexually immature black stork that roams the Netherlands. These animals do not breed here today, but breeding pairs could be found here before the 19th century.

Butterfly scallop (Photo: Tommy Rikers).
Butterfly scallop (Photo: Tommy Rikers).

Beautiful butterfly, but you have to zoom in a lot
Tommie Rijkers sent me a picture of a red butterfly, but added that I had to zoom in if I wanted to see the butterfly properly. That was the case, but then I also saw a very beautiful butterfly, the scallop butterfly. This diurnal moth looks really pretty. Red is really good. The rest are black with black front wings also decorated with two red dots along the trailing edge. It is good to come across scallops on sandy soils, especially in Brabant.

Butterfly scallop (Photo: Butterfly Foundation/Henk Bosma).
Butterfly scallop (Photo: Butterfly Foundation/Henk Bosma).

The caterpillar of this butterfly is called a zebra caterpillar. These larvae live mainly on ragwort. Once on the plant, zebra larvae devour the entire plant. Then after a while you only see the trunk. The great thing about this caterpillar is that the plant is poisonous, so the caterpillars become poisonous as well. Their bright colors indicate this and therefore birds stay away from these caterpillars.

White and blue wood plants (Photo: Arno Lucas).
White and blue wood plants (Photo: Arno Lucas).

What color are real wild hyacinths?
Arno Lucas went to the beautiful Hallerbos Nature Reserve near Brussels to photograph the wild bell. I understand that very well. I’ve been there before and it’s so beautiful there in the spring. Discover there not only dark blue (real!) bluebell but also white and even pink. He also found the last color in Rosmalen. He wanted to know more about this.

Bluebell (Photo: Pixabay).
Bluebell (Photo: Pixabay).

Wild hyacinth (non-text lily), also called bluebell, has dark blue bell-shaped flowers and short flower stems. In some forests, very blue carpet of this beautiful plant can develop. Because there are so many, albinism can arise, and then you get all-white flowers. In addition to this bluebell, there is also Spanish hyacinth (Hyacinthoides hispanica), which is pink. In principle, the blue bell is not found in the wild in Holland, but it was introduced here as a stenzen plant. Originally, bluebells were found in northern Spain, in the British Isles and in western France and western Belgium.

The spider is large in size (Photo: Antje de Bruyn).
The spider is large in size (Photo: Antje de Bruyn).

The black widow spider family can also be found in the Netherlands
Angie de Bruyne sent me a picture of a spider. In the meantime, I found the name of the spider and discovered that this spider is related to the black widow. That’s right, because this spider is called a large steatoda. By the way, immediately leave the large one, because the spider is no larger than a centimeter. The spider is poisonous, but it is not as poisonous as the black widow. It is clear that the spider did not originally come from our area. But when they entered Europe is unclear. In general, you do not see them, because they rarely occur in humans. In addition, they basically stick to their networks. In winter they will of course look for places to hide. In the case of Antje with bathtub plants. These in themselves are beautiful animals, capturing many animals that are difficult for humans. In addition, the big boulder is not aggressive in nature. This spider will never attack any human. If you come across this spider, it is best to put it outside with caution.

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Yellow hammer sings for Neterselse Heide
The yellow hammer, which Joseph van der Heyden calls the Beethoven bird, is a bird found in wasteland with scattered trees, on the fringes of forests and in agricultural areas with hedges, hedges, and grassy roadsides. Yellowhammers are found almost exclusively in the south and east of the country. The male Yellow Hammer is clearly recognizable by its largely yellow head. Females and young birds are not clearly recognizable, but the female still has a lot of bright yellow in the plumage. Reddish brown rump and white outer tail feathers are featured in all carpets.

The start of a wasp's nest (Photo: Beeb Kleisen).
The start of a wasp’s nest (Photo: Beeb Kleisen).

The hornet’s nest begins
Bep Klijsen sent me a photo of a spherical nest with hexagonal holes inside. Bep saw a nest of the common hornet or German hornet. Both types of wasps belong to the family of paper wasps. You can see this clearly from the nest in the photo. Paper wasps scrape wood fibers from untreated wood. They chew these wood fibers well and then apply them in thin layers. When you look at such a nest, it seems that it is made of paper.

The wryneck (Photo: Ton van Dongen).
The wryneck (Photo: Ton van Dongen).

Speakers squeeze in danger and turn their necks into strange twists
This time there is no question from Ton van Dongen, but he would like to report that he also spotted a stranger in Gilze. The previous report came from Oss and in the meantime I’m hearing from more people that they’ve seen the storm. Previously, reports came mainly from Veluwe, but now more and more from Brabant. Great that this species of woodpecker is increasingly establishing itself in the Netherlands. The number of breeding pairs increased from 65 to 110 to 140, counted in 2010. If you are looking for breeding pairs, look not at the trees but at the ground. Ants are the main list of survivors. By the way, the weeds are not very noticeable with sixteen centimeters, because it somewhat resembles a piece of tree bark. When threatened, they flatten themselves on the ground or flee into a tree and flatten themselves there. What’s nice to see is that they wrap their floppy necks in a very weird wobble.

Nature’s Advice
On Sunday 15 May, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., a march will take place through Hengstven, on the southern edge of Loonse en Drunense Duinen. Hengstven is one of the newest Natuurmonumenten holdings in this region. Nature has been restored here for years.

An ecological restoration plan for this two hundred hectare area was drawn up in 2004 with the aim of restoring the original natural values. Achieving fen contributes to recovery, among other things. Just like the impoverishment of the surrounding grasslands with the help of alfalfa and potash fertilization contributes to recovery. Here you see sand dunes and water close together. The tour leader will show the participants along the way the damage that drought has caused to nature.

more information:
• Registration is required and can be done here.

• Departure is the De Guldenberg car park in Helvoirt.

• Wear sturdy walking shoes.

• Dress appropriately for the weather.

• Always check for ticks afterward.

• This excursion is for adults. Older children are welcome accompanied by an adult.

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