What is this Bengal cat doing in Eindhoven park? France Captignes says

This time in Stuifmail, with forester Frans Kapteijns, they cared for a Bengal cat in Eindhoven and a mushroom on a beech fence.

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Is this a Bengal cat that we found in Park Meerhoven, Eindhoven?
Hermann Arts sent me a picture of what he thought was a Bengali cat and when I look at the picture, I think Hermann is right. Perhaps someone has lost this lovely cat near Meerhoven, Eindhoven, because Bengal cats are kept as pets in Holland. Fortunately, he also sent a video to the animal ambulance and they may have already gone on the hunt for the animals. Bengal cats originated from a cross between the Asian leopard cat and our well-known domestic cat. The culprit in this crossing is the American geneticist Jane Mill. She wanted a domestic cat that looked like a wild cat. This worked and in 1963 the Bengal cat was born. Of course there is also that wild in that cat and they are always looking for something to do.

Not a caterpillar, but the caterpillar of a flour moth or a stock moth.  Photo by Bernie de Beagle
Not a caterpillar, but the caterpillar of a flour moth or a stock moth. Photo by Bernie de Beagle

What are those little green caterpillars on the wall in your house?
In the photo of Bernie de Belle you see a small insect with a light-colored body and a dark head. We are dealing here with the larvae of the Indian meal moth. These are mites. You often see them flying around different light sources. These flour moth larvae – also known as stock moths – cause real problems. They eat mainly grain products, but also feed on animal feed and some moths feed on cocoa. What is special is that they can even digest polyethylene. So they can eat food through plastic containers. The larvae of this moth are difficult to control. It is best to discard all stored products. After that, the pantry must be thoroughly cleaned with vinegar. You can also use lavender oil. But don’t forget the seams and cracks! The Indian meal moth development stage takes about a month, so after that time you have to check everything again.

Put on a hedge for fun?
Put on a hedge for fun?

How does that fungus get to a beech fence?
Maria de Young saw a large mushroom on a beech fence and wondered how that was possible. I wonder myself, because I think they are somewhat older than giant cows and usually grow in lawns, roadsides, and gardens rather than on hedges. Brabant’s giant bovids can often be encountered from summer through fall, especially in places where sheep graze and are thus on the ground. The Joker may have put that fungus on a beech fence, because the attachment to the threads of the fungus isn’t really very strong. Sometimes they just lie down and are easy to carry. The white membrane of the giant cow in the photo is already starting to rip and then you see a brown giant cow, but these are the spores that are spread by the wind. Sometimes you see such a brown ball rolling across a meadow in strong winds, which is also useful for spreading spores. Giant pecans can be eaten when the mushrooms are still white. Unfortunately, these days, giant bovines often store heavy metals during their growth period, and therefore they are not beneficial to humans.


What kind of insect do I have in my hand here?
Miranda Nichols sent me a picture of an animal on my hand and I wondered what animal it was. On the hand you already see a very small animal and I think it is an aphid. In the photo I can not see what kind it is, because there are several types of aphids. In addition to black aphids, you also have green, purple, red, yellow and white aphids. In principle, all aphids are herbivores that feed on plant juices with their stinging and sucking mouthparts. You usually see them in the growth points of trees, shrubs, or grasses. This is because the sap flow contains many nutrients at those growth points, such as the flower buds or leaves at the top of the stem. The latter makes sense, because plants need them there to grow.

The forest fairy or the forest fairy
The forest fairy or the forest fairy

What is the name of the insect pictured in Leiden’s Hortus?
Peter van de Noort sent me a photo of an insect he photographed in the tropical greenhouse at Hortus in Leiden. Coincidentally, I had seen this animal before with an acquaintance who raises various stick insects and this animal was also one of them. The name is the forest nymph or the forest nymph and the scientific name is Heteropteryx dilatata. The forest nymph also belongs to the family of tropical stick insects and females can weigh up to 65 grams. Females are green and cannot fly. Males are smaller and remain brown. When they reach adulthood (photo) they acquire long wings that allow them to fly excellently on their way to females.

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Autumn 2020 in Brabant – A Van Orly
Publication date: 7 Nov. 2020

A. van Oerle made a video in 2020 of his fall walk in the Huis ter Heide Nature Reserve near Loon op Zand. This nature reserve is owned by Natuurmonumenten and consists largely of old production forests and another large part of the Finn landscape. In addition, a natural cemetery has been established since 2020.

beautiful flat mushroom
beautiful flat mushroom

What is the name of the fungi with a diameter of more than 50 cm?
Jose Gertz sent me a picture of a gray man in two large brown hats and a white brim. I also wrote that these hats have a diameter of more than 50 cm. So we are dealing with tree fungus and the name is flat flare fungus. This tree fungus can be encountered all year round, especially on the trunks and trunks of deciduous trees such as slashes oak, beech and birch. Flat flare fungi are parasitic and therefore affect living trees. This disease causes white rot in deciduous trees. This means that the lignin component – wood dust – breaks down inside the trees. As a result, trees infected with white rot become susceptible to trunk breakage after a few years. After the trees die, the flat fungi continue to live as throwing plants. Mycorrhizal fungi are fungi that live on dead organisms.

question and reaction
Elly Maas lives in an apartment in Oosterhout where the woodwork has been sprayed on the outside against spiders for many years (according to the VvE Panel Biologicals). This will be necessary to protect the wood. However, in recent years we have found more and more dead bugs and the like on the balconies, in the middle space with elevator/stairs connected to the outside air and also outside, around the apartment. It started a few years ago with May beetles, then there were wasps and hornets and this year (which started last Sunday) we also found a lot of dead beetles. Could spraying be the cause? Or could it have another reason? I think so. Additionally, I also have questions about spraying a piece of outdoor wood against spiders? What do spiders do with wood? And what is the treatment for that? Maybe Ellie could ask these questions on the board, but I’d be willing to do that if I had an address.

It's Like an Owl on a Tree, by Photographer Hans Verveer
It’s Like an Owl on a Tree, by Photographer Hans Verveer

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Nature tip: Groot Duyfhuis and Op Pad
Today, Sunday, November 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Today, the information point at Groot Duijfhuis near Kasteren is privately open from 12.00 am to 15.00 pm. This is because Op Pad van het Brabants Landschap is officially starting. The great thing is that the program maker Roel Diepstraten is there and you can immediately start walking “Ommetje de Moai” via the walking app.

Moreover, starting next Tuesday, November 15th, episodes of the TV show Op Pad will be shown on Omroep Brabant every week at 5.15pm. It is a mixture of nature, culture and history. Historical photos are also used and people from the area have their say.

What makes this series even more enjoyable is that viewers can also go the route themselves. These are the existing hiking trails and a walking app has been developed specifically for this version that gives people additional information along the way.

more information Via this link: https://www.brabantslandschap.nl/op-pad-app

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