Pudding4brains

Pudding4brains

Hobby entomologist interested in many "unpopular" groups (Opiliones, Oniscidea, Microcoryphia, Zygentoma, Dermaptera, Blattodea, Neuroptera, Mecoptera, Raphidioptera etc.)
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    1. Comment on Erannis defoliaria - Female 20 days ago
      The black and white on a black wall has some "artistic" value in its own right ;o)
      Zeuzera pyrina https://www.jungledragon.com/image/82722/zeuzera_pyrina_-_close-up.html Alerdinck,Geotagged,Leopard Moth,Moth,Netherlands,Zeuzera,Zeuzera pyrina,moth week 2019,nl: Gestippelde houtvlinder

      Yponomeuta plumbella - On black wall  Alerdinck,Black-tipped Ermine,Geotagged,Large-spot Ermine Moth,Lepidoptera,Moth,Netherlands,Yponomeuta,Yponomeuta plumbella,Yponomeutidae,moth week 2019,nl: Grootvlekstippelmot

      :o)
    2. Comment on Erannis defoliaria - Female 20 days ago
      She was still sitting in the same spot (more or less) two days later, so I decided to move her to a tree ... I know, I know .. leave nature be and all that ... but hey ... she had made my day, so I figured I might give it a shot and provide her with a better day too ;o)
    3. Comment on Operophtera brumata - Female and male 20 days ago
      Hi Ferdy, the males of both our "wintervlinders" are very, very ubiquitous this time of year - you will find them on just about every wall, window or tree if you go looking, but it's the time of year that few people go looking for insects anymore. The females I have rarely seen myself, which is also probably due to the same "observator effect". Last week, I went looking for females one night on all the oak trees at Den Alerdinck and didn't find a single female, but easily over a hundred males. The next day, while at work, I spotted the female Erannis defoliaria on the wall (the one you commented on). The same night Jeanette found dozens of female Operophtera brumata on the trees in her garden, so when I visited her a day later we went looking again and they were still abundant and we even found two female Erannis defoliaria too. Today, two days later, they're all but gone. Maybe it's just the weather, or maybe they have all just emerged, found a mate and traveled up into the trees now to deposit their eggs all in the course of a few days?!?
    4. Comment on Operophtera brumata - Copula 21 days ago
      I'm still a bit confused about this being the natural "pose" for a copula or not, as I've also seen males sitting on top of the females and covering the whole scene with his wings, to the point of not being able to see if there is a lady under his wings or not ... so maybe you've seen it before, but just didn't see the female ;o)
    5. Comment on Erannis defoliaria - Female 21 days ago
      The females of both our "Grote & Kleine Wintervlinders" ( 16Erannis defoliaria & 10Operophtera brumata ) have reduced wings or no wings at all and hence cannot fly, so it's the males that fly around trying to locate the females to mate with them.
      Normally the female will be climbing around on the stem of a suitable host tree to deposit her eggs.
      This female was way off track, sitting on a wall some 30m from the nearest tree, so even if the males will come to her and mate with her, where is she going to leave her eggs so that the young caterpillars will find food? Not going to happen, as she can't fly to the nearest tree - she would have to get down from the wall and struggle around over 30m of rubbish/grass/dirt track to get to a tree ...
    6. Comment on Biorhiza pallida - Agamic female 22 days ago
      Yes, always intriguing to learn a bit about such complex life cycles when looking for an ID :o)
    7. Comment on Leptoglossus occidentalis on Oak 22 days ago
      Meaning that in future there will be even more Leptoglossus trying to get into our homes in winter ;o)
    8. Comment on Hiding like a pro ... 23 days ago
      Reminded me of little kids covering their eyes with their hands to "hide" in plain sight ;o)
    9. Ah, okay, but the map is displayed from your server it seems (something amazon-ish), so you store a "local" copy? Am I right in assuming that any edit/replacement or even addition of own maps would need to run through you?
    10. Comment on Raspberry - Rubus sp. 26 days ago
      Hi Christine, I can't help with the ID I'm afraid, and I understand that this is set up to support your ID question, but what an excellent idea to document even "everyday" plants this way. Wouldn't it be nice to have sets of images like this for many, many species?! :o)