FAUNA

W. C. Fields once said: never work with animals or children. I totally agree about the children part and you will probably not find one single photo of a child on this website. But animals ... It’s hard to say what it is about animals that I love the most – their cute or beautiful looks, their natural innocence or the emotional reactions that they elicit from us. But whatever it may be, they are always bound to bring a happy smile to my face. Hope you enjoy the same feeling !

ACRONICTA RUMICIS

The Knot Grass moth is a common species throughout most of the British Isles ranging from the extreme south west tip of Cornwall to the Shetland Isles in the far north. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats including gardens, open countryside and lightly wooded areas. In the milder south the Knot Grass moth flies in two generations in May and June and again from August to September when it is regularly attracted to light. Montenaken, Belgium.

AGLAIS IO

The European peacock, more commonly known simply as the peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe and temperate Asia as far east as Japan. The peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring. The peacock is expanding its range and is not known to be threatened.

HORSES

Heppen, Belgium

ERESUS KOLLARI

Lady-bird spider. Body jumping-spider-like. Body length female: 9-16 mm This species can bite humans. A bite into a finger caused pain, spreading to the axilla, with fever-like symptoms and an increased heart rate. Sabbah, South Governate, Lebanon.

BOMBYX MORI

The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar or imago of the domestic silk moth, Bombyx mori. It is an economically important insect, being a primary producer of silk. Domestic silk moths are closely dependent on humans for reproduction, as a result of millennia of selective breeding. Wild silk moths are different from their domestic cousins, as they have not been selectively bred; they are not as commercially viable in the production of silk. Bsous, Lebanon.

BOMBYX MORI

Silk moth.

DRAGONFLY

A dragonfly visiting one day in our apartment on the 10th floor. Beirut, Lebanon.

CHRYSOPELEA PARADISI CELEBENSIS

CHRYSOPELEA PARADISI CELEBENSIS The Paradise Tree Snake is a slender snake reaching 1m to 1.3m in length, with males typically smaller than females. Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis is endemic to Sulawesi, and Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis is endemic to the Phillippines. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonsia

PAVO CRISTATUS

The Indian peafowl or blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus), a large and brightly coloured bird, is a species of peafowl native to South Asia, but introduced in many other parts of the world. Tienen, Belgium

PELOPHYLAX RIDIBUNDUS

The marsh frog is a water-dwelling, generally green-colored frog species. It can reach a maximum length of 17 cm, but males remain smaller (around 12 cm). The head is proportionally large and the hind legs are long, which gives them excellent jumping abilities. The Western European populations are generally dark green to black with dark spots on the back and sides and three clear green lines on the back. Bokrijk, Belgium

SHEEP

Pacifists are like sheep who believe that wolves are vegetarians. While visiting the domain Pietersheim, I noticed these sheep and thought it wouldn't be a bad shot. Lanaken, Belgium

POLYOMMATUS ICARUS

The common blue is Europe's most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. Voeren, Belgium

ARDEA CINEREA

The grey heron is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the seacoast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures, which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows. Arquennes, Belgium.

TYRIA JACOBAEAE

The cinnabar moth is a brightly coloured arctiid moth, found in Europe and western and central Asia. The moth is named after the red mineral cinnabar because of the red patches on its predominantly black wings. Like several other Arctiidae moth larvae, the cinnabar caterpillars can turn cannibalistic. This can be due to lack of food, but they can eat other cinnabar larvae for no apparent reason; Females lay up to 300 eggs, usually in clusters of 30 to 60. Initially, the larvae are pale yellow, but later larval stages develop the jet black and orange/yellow striped colouring. They can grow up to 30mm, and are voracious eaters; large populations can strip entire patches of ragwort clean, a result of their low predation. Heppen, Belgium

MOUSTACHE

Are you talking to me???? Moustache, the donkey somewhere in Belgium…

BALEARICA REGULORUM

The grey crowned crane is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats. This one lives in the zoo parc Pairi Daiza, Belgium.

DIPTERA SYRPHIDAE ERISTALES TAENIOPS ♂

Band-eyed drone fly – hoverfly can be found everywhere except in dry area. The habitats of adult and larvae can be variant. Adult syrphid flies can be collected where they feed on flowers, some in places where they oviposit and where they hover in sunlight or rest on foliage (Stubbs & Falk, 1996). There were hundreds of these flies on the flowers, but only two with these striped eyes. Baabda Forest, Beirut, Lebanon.

MR(S) GIRAFFE

Hello there! Greetings from one of the giraffes in Pairi Daiza Park, Belgium

SLEEPY HEAD

I have no idea what kind of bird this is. If anyone does, I would be happy to know it to complete my archives. I just could not pass by this one to take its picture. Zoo Parc Pairi Daiza, Belgium.

PHOENICOPTERUS RUBER ROSEUS

The greater flamingo is instantly recognisable by its long, thin neck and legs, colorful plumage and distinctive downward-bending beak. As well as being the largest of the flamingo species, it is also the palest, with white to pale pink plumage, contrasting red shoulders, and black tips to the wings. The legs are pink, the eyes yellow, and the beak is pale pink, with a black tip. The female is smaller than the male, and juveniles are grey-brown with some pink in the underparts, wings and tail, and the legs and beak are mainly brown. The call is a goose-like, honking ka-haunk. Zoo Parc Pairi Daiza, Belgium.

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