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Damon Blue

Damon Blue

The Damon Blue (Polyommatus damon) is one of Austria’s absolute treasures. As its name suggests, it is most easily recognised by the white, dagger-like line on the underside of its hind wings. Unfortunately, it can be observed that there are fewer of these beautiful butterflies in eastern Austria every year. ————————————————– Der Weißdolch-Bläuling zählt in […]

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Drops

Drops

When the meadows are full of water drops, a stream glistens behind it, and the first rays of sunlight fall into it… that’s the morning mood I love to photograph! ————————————————– Wenn die Wiesen voller Wassertropfen sind, dahinter ein Bach glitzert, und in das ganz die ersten Sonnenstrahlen fallen… das ist die Morgenstimmung bei der […]

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The Aristocrat

The Aristocrat

The Nigritella archiducis-joannis is a species of orchid that can only be found in a few locations in Austria and Slovenia. In German, the orchid is named after a Styrian nobleman, Archduke Johann. ————————————————– Das Erzherzog-Johann-Kohlröschen (Nigritella archiducis-joannis) ist eine Orchideenart, die nur an wenigen Standorten in Österreich und Slowenien zu finden ist. Im Deutschen ist […]

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Threatening Gesture

Threatening Gesture

The European stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) is one of the largest and most conspicuous beetles in Europe. The stag beetle got its name because of the antler-like enlarged mandibles of the males. Stag beetles are the largest European beetles, they can fly and swarm especially at dusk. ———————————- Der Hirschkäfer (Lucanus cervus) gehört zu den […]

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Scare Fritillary

Scare Fritillary

The Scare Fritillary (Euphydryas maturna) is a magnificent representative of the Lepidoptera. It develops on European ash trees in sparse and warm, moist forests and at forest edges. The main occurrence of the species in Styria is in the Salzatal.  For this butterfly exists now a new nature reserve in the European nature reserve “Steirische […]

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Looks like a Butterfly

Looks like a Butterfly

The „Libelloides macaronius”  reach a wingspan of 38 to 55 millimeters.  The body is black. The long black antennae are thickened at the ends. ————————————————————————————————————————————— Die Östlichen Schmetterlingshafte (Libelloides macaronius) erreichen eine Flügelspannweite von 38 bis 55 Millimetern. Der Körper ist schwarz. Die langen schwarzen Fühler sind an  den Enden verdickt.   Image Details   Location: […]

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Colorful

Colorful

A Hybrid of Orchis purpurea, the lady orchid with the Orchis militaris is much rarer and much more colorful than the basic forms of these orchids. Even if it is not so often found, where it grows it outshines all other orchids. In this photo you can see that a knapweed fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) has […]

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Face to Face

Face to Face

Eye to eye, the two european hedgehogs faced each other and hissed at each other…. Unfortunately, hedgehogs are now also among the highly endangered species. The causes of the decline depend on a variety of endangerment factors; for the hedgehog, roadkill is considered the main cause. But they are also troubled by the use of […]

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bird’s eye view

bird's eye view

It is for me one of the most beautiful native orchids, the lady orchid (Orchis purpurea). Rather unusual are photos of her from a bird’s eye view, although this view I particularly liked here. ———————————————————————————– Es ist für mich eine der schönsten heimischen Orchideen, das Purpur-Knabenkraut (Orchis Purpurea). Eher ungewöhnlich sind von ihr Fotos aus […]

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Ball of wool

Ball of wool

You always need a bit of luck to find a tawny owl. They usually stay well camouflaged high in the trees. The young leave the nest before they fledge. They often fall to the ground where they spend the day motionless and sleepy. This is where they are most likely to be found. They then […]

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