Our insect gallery

We saw lots of happy aphids. thumbnail
More aphids thumbnail
More nature - galls! thumbnail
P1000625_J04_Peter_gall thumbnail
Ants thumbnail
More ant pictures thumbnail
Peter had a nice time photographing ants today! thumbnail
Mont checking for formic acid. thumbnail
What happens when you get too close to ants thumbnail
More insects...and a pretty flower thumbnail
Another view of a pretty beetle thumbnail
Beetles can be so amazing thumbnail
There were several flies that enjoyed this corner of our balcony thumbnail
This butterfly was cooperative thumbnail
Winged defeat! thumbnail
Emerging reproductive ants.  Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males. thumbnail
Emerging reproductive ants.   Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males. thumbnail
Emerging reproductive ants.  Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males. thumbnail
P1030803_J14_Cathy__Wasp thumbnail
Not for the squimish.  A tick from Austria, found in Switzerland attached to Peter. thumbnail
I am happy that most of these don't bite humans thumbnail
This nature is on top of another nature. thumbnail
Interesting little beetles on this daisy. thumbnail
Justin found a very colorful beetle thumbnail
Seeing more of the beetle's colors thumbnail
A nature. thumbnail
While having lunch, this butterfly rested on Peter's back thumbnail

We saw lots of happy aphids.

Photo by Peter

More aphids

Photo by Peter

More nature - galls!

Photo by Peter

Galls are pretty amazing. I had never seen this type of gall before, but sort of knew what it had to be. Upon returning home and researching this a bit, I was surprised by just how much galls can vary. Link. If you wish to read more about them, here is the Wiki page. link

P1000625_J04_Peter_gall

Ants

Photo by Peter.

More ant pictures

By Peter

Peter had a nice time photographing ants today!

Photo by Peter.

Mont checking for formic acid.

Photo by Cathy

We learned about the formic acid defense that some ant have through watching David Attenborough's "Life in the Undergrowth." Here is a neat video of a different type of ant using formic acid.

What happens when you get too close to ants

Photo by Cathy

More insects...and a pretty flower

Photo by Cathy

Another view of a pretty beetle

Photo by Peter

Beetles can be so amazing

Photo by Peter

There were several flies that enjoyed this corner of our balcony

Photo by Peter

This butterfly was cooperative

Photo by Cathy

Winged defeat!

Photo by Peter

I love the pictures of this mosquito that Peter took. I see the statue "Winged Victory of Samothrace" when I look at them. More about the statue: Wiki link; Google photos.

Emerging reproductive ants. Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males.

Emerging reproductive ants. Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males.

Emerging reproductive ants. Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males.

P1030803_J14_Cathy__Wasp

Not for the squimish. A tick from Austria, found in Switzerland attached to Peter.

Photo by Peter.

Austria has one of the higher incidences of Lyme disease in Europe, so Peter got the corpse tested, with negative results. (:-)

I am happy that most of these don't bite humans

Photo by Peter.

This nature is on top of another nature.

Photo by Justin.

Interesting little beetles on this daisy.

Photo by Peter

Justin found a very colorful beetle

Photo by Cathy

Seeing more of the beetle's colors

A nature.

Photo by Justin

While having lunch, this butterfly rested on Peter's back

Photo by Cathy

We saw lots of happy aphids.
More aphids
More nature - galls!
P1000625_J04_Peter_gall
Ants
More ant pictures
Peter had a nice time photographing ants today!
Mont checking for formic acid.
What happens when you get too close to ants
More insects...and a pretty flower
Another view of a pretty beetle
Beetles can be so amazing
There were several flies that enjoyed this corner of our balcony
This butterfly was cooperative
Winged defeat!
Emerging reproductive ants.  Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males.
Emerging reproductive ants.   Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males.
Emerging reproductive ants.  Perhaps they're the same species, and the small ones are the males.
P1030803_J14_Cathy__Wasp
Not for the squimish.  A tick from Austria, found in Switzerland attached to Peter.
I am happy that most of these don't bite humans
This nature is on top of another nature.
Interesting little beetles on this daisy.
Justin found a very colorful beetle
Seeing more of the beetle's colors
A nature.
While having lunch, this butterfly rested on Peter's back

Fun with bugs

Here is a gallery of insects that we photographed while in Buchen and K├╝blis.