Copyright: Per Hoffmann Olsen

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Cacyreus marshalli

Did you know?: This butterfly is native to South Africa, but is found in many places in Europe?

Aporia crataegi

Did you know?: This butterfly became extinct on the British Islands around 1925.

Spondylis buprestoides (2)

Did you know?: The species, known for its short antennas, is considered a relic of the pre-modern fauna. The fauna before the latest ice age.

Curculio villosus

Did you know?: The larva of this Weevil develops in the gall of the gall wasp Biorhiza pallida on Oak. The Pupation takes place in the ground and the adult Weevil hatch around April. Photographed on oak gall.

Mesosa curculionoides (2)

Did you know?: The species is widespread in Europe but not that common. Its a protected species in parts of Germany, Switzerland and parts of Austria.

Leptoglossus occidentalis

Did you know?: This large bug came from the Pacific coast of North America to North Italy in 1999, possibly by some sort of timber import.

Carabus intricatus (3)

Did you know?: As some other beetles in the genus Carabus, this is a slug eater.

Liparus glabrirostris

Did you know?: This is the largest Weevil Beetles of Europe, reaching the length of almost 20 mm.

Oryctes nasicornis

Did you know?: The European rhinoceros belongs to the Dynastidae family which contains some of largest beetles in the world.

Amata phegea (2)

Did you know?: The Amata Genus is mimicking the Zygaena ephialtes, which is poisonous.

Ophion sp

Did you know?: In Austria there are 11 species of the Ophion genera. These are very difficult to determine on pictures alone.

Rosalia alpina (3)

Did you know?: This Beetle has in recent years greatly depleted in Europe. According to the Berne Convention it is under european-wide protection.

Trichodes apiarius

Did you know?:  As the German name Beewolf indicates this beetle is hunting bees. But the connection goes deeper.

Brachinus explodens

Did you know: The Bombardier Beetles, more than 500 species worldwide, are capable of defending themselves by spraying a hot gas against the attacker.

Cerophytum elateroides

Did you know?: This beetle lives in and on dead trunks of the Populus nigra or P. x canadensis.

Papilio machaon

Did you know? This large butterfly only lives for 3-4 weeks as an adult.

Parnassius apollo

Did you know?: Just like most of the other Swallowtail butterflies the Apollo only lives for a short time as an adult - about 3 weeks.

Parnassius mnemosyne

Did you know?: The female P. mnemosyne gets, after mating, a socalled sphragis (copulation plug) from the male species.

Hamearis lucina

Did you know? According to the H. lucina went extinct in Denmark in 1960.

Hispa atra

Did you know?: There are only two hedgehog beetles species in Europe. The black H. atra is found in Central Europe, where as the brown H. testacea is found only in Southern Europe.

Aromia moschata

Did you know?: The Musk Beetle is emitting, as a mechanism of defence, a delicate musky smell when disturbed.

Aromia moschata (2)

Did you know?: After mating the Female searches for a willow tree, where she chews a notch into the bark for the eggs to be laid.

Evarcha arcuata (3)

Did you know?: The two central eyes of the jumping spiders aren't compound eyes, but camera-type eyes with a very unusual setup. Instead of a complete retina the spider has a retina strip which it can move to scan objects like prey or enemies.

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