Thursday, September 18th, 2014
This is Macroglossum stellatarum, Eng: hummingbird hawk-moth, Ger: Taubenschwänzchen. It doesn’t land on flowers when
slurping (sipping, ingesting, …?) feeding on nectar, but hovers in front of them, like hummingbirds do. It is also Very Quick and Rather Hard To Photograph With It Actually Being In Focus. So I am quite pleased with these photos!
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Le Petit Mars
From what the internet shows and tells me, my best guess is that this butterfly is a member of the species knowledgeable lepidopterists identify as “Apatura ilia” – Ger: Kleiner Schillerfalter, Eng: Lesser Purple Emperor, or, as the title says, Fr: Le Petit Mars. Butterly names are both lyrical and strange. Strangely lyrical / lyrically strange … stryrical?
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
The German name of this Pararge aegeria is Waldbrettspiel (forest boardgame*), the English one is Speckled Wood (geflecktes Holz).
* (albeit possibly more in the sense of “wood in the forest, being playful”, i.e. Waldbrett-spiel, rather than Wald-brettspiel)
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
This pair of Gonepteryx rhamni / Zitronenfalter / common brimstone are my entry for “almost missed it” in my “challenge me to take a photograph of some concept or …” challenge. If you want to participate, you can challenge me here!
Monday, August 26th, 2013
Little Fox is restin’
Yes, yes, this is a butterfly of the Aglais urticae species, whose correct English name is “small tortoiseshell”. It’s German name, in turn, is “kleiner Fuchs”, the word-by-word translation of which is little fox. And, yes, I am totally anthropomorphisizingly ascribing to this butterfly that it is, indeed, ‘resting’. Cause “little fox is restin'” sounded like a better, if less scientifically descriptive, title, than “Aglais urticae photographed stationary on gravel, wings folded”. Or something :-). Poetic license, I am taking it. (But taking it where? And why?)