Other flying friends
Pine Hawk-moth (Spinx pinastri,
Swedish: tallsvärmare). Hålanda, late on 2 July 2010, in our garden.
Camera: Canon HV20, showing one of its few weaknesses: the lack of a
working manual focussing.
Another Pine Hawk-moth (sv:
tallsvärmare) visiting the day lilys in our garden in Hålanda in the night
of 8 June 2011. The shouting at the end is directed at a cat that tries to
catch it. Camera: XL-H1A.
Regrettably, the below lovely meadow in
Steninge, Halland does not exist any more, due to the demands of rational
(?) agriculture. So I am glad that I captured some of its life - flowers
as well as butterflies - on August 15, 2011. The prominent red flower that
appears in the second half is Orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantica,
Swedish: rödfibbla). Canon XL-H1A, shaky hand camera and a lot of wind
noise, but that's also life.
Hornets (Vespa crabo,
Swedish: bålgetingar) at their nest in Steninge, Halland. Three
occasions in August through October 2011. Hornets are becoming more and
more rare because people are so afraid of them. But their sting is not
more poisonous than that of an ordinary wasp, and they are much less
aggressive than wasps. I filmed them for hours at a distance of around
one meter, and they did not bother about me!
Another bee movie. A few
glimpses of "our" honeybees in Båljen, Hålanda. There are also a few
bumblebees (humlor) and many hoverflies (blomflugor) to be seen. It is
in September 2013 and among the only sources of nectar left are the red
or yellow Helenium (Swedish: solbrud) and the Centaurea
scabiosa (väddklint). The buckthorne (havtorn) belongs to the few
shrubs and trees that the bees do not pollinate (it is wind pollinated).
But the bees just love buckthorne jam. – Camera: Canon XL-H1A with
original 20x zoom lens.
Then a a technically unsatisfactory
sequence showing a hornet (bålgeting) hunting hoverflies on a
warm summer day. Hålanda, 10 August 2014. Camera: XH-A1s, sound: Telinga
Pro 5 and Stereo DAT mic. Here I surely sensed the lack of a high-speed
camera... but I hope that the sequence conveys some impression of the
panic that the predator created. Note that hornets are very friendly
creatures (to us, that is) and should be protected, not exterminated.
Finally (for the moment) a migratory non-bird:
a Striped Hawk-moth (Hyles livorniva, vitribbad
skymningssvärmare) on Marettimo, Sicily 30 April 2018. There were
thousands of them. A large number of migratory birds had also just
arrived. Camera: handheld Panasonic GH5 with Panasonic-Leica 12–60 mm