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Throwback Thursday: European carder wool bee

Five weeks ago, I introduced you to the European carder wool bee and said, I was surprised by the angry-looking face.

This image is not perfect, but I like it very much.

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Wordless Wednesday: hummingbird hawk-moth

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) / Taubenschwänzchen

A few more details are here.

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Throwback Thursday: a thirsty wasp

common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) / Gemeine Wespe

At this time (up to mid July)  of the year, wasps are not so disturbing as at the end of the summer. Currently, they are still busy with taking care for the next generation. Some are collecting pollens and some are getting water and the others are building the nest or defending it while the queen produces more and more eggs.

Like hornets or bees, most of the insects in a wasp-state are infertile females. They have a lot of work with collecting pollens for feeding the breed and hunting other insects as food for themselves. They are expanding, repairing and defending the nest. The only purpose of the males is copulating with a female to-become-queen and state-founder at a certain date in the later summer (in my region it’s often at the end of August or early September). After that event the state breaks into pieces: the males leave the nest and die, the fertilized young females also living the nest get inseminated and searching for a safe place to survive winter, even the old queen, the mother of the whole state, usually dies because of exhaustion from laying all the eggs (several thousand up to 50,000 during one summer). And the infertile females? They are now unemployed, because all of their duty was to prepare this one day when all the males and the fertile females are leaving the nest and starting to their wedding flight.

Without their necessities for caring for the state they are bored and have a lot of time to enjoy the rest of their lives. And, … for their entertainment, they are about to annoy the humans by disturbing the barbecues, taste cakes (i.e. plum or apple cake), soft-drinks and many, many more things.

Although, adult wasps eat other insects, they are still interested in everything sweet and in meat.

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Travel Tuesday: when dry go back into the sea

Here we meet a cormorant. You know, cormorants eat fish and they catch fish by diving after them. As long as the water isn’t frozen, they stay and hunt. Because they don’t have the option to seal their feathers with grease to keep the feathers dry, they have to spread out their wings after a few dives to get dry again.

During winter, not only the water is cold, also the air is cold. But, a cormorant lives his life anyway. When getting hungry they have to dive after fish and get wet. Afterwards you can see them standing somewhere with spread wings for getting dry again. I guess, it’s a long time during winter.

This cormorant stood on the beach for a long time to get dry in mid January. For about an hour or so we were able to observe him, he stood there looking at the sea and kept in his place even when humans show up and came quite close.

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Travel Tuesday: the ferry is passing the beach

This ferry is called “Funny Girl” and used to sail between Cuxhaven and Helgoland during  the winters for many years. It’s retired and a younger, more modern, ship called “Helgoland” is sailing that route since summer 2016 during the whole year.

Because of an accident on Dec. 31st 2017 in the harbor of Helgoland because of very bad weather the new ship was replaced by the old one to repair it.

Here, the Funny Girl is coming back from Helgoland and  is heading to Cuxhaven harbor. The next day we entered the ferry for our trip to Helgoland 🙂

Jan. 14th, 2018

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