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Darter on the hunt

This summe I got pictures of yet another rare and protected species. The long term goal is to photograph all strictly protected species in Denmark. Strictly protected species are species listed in appendix IV in EU´s Habitatdirective. They are all endangered in one or more EU countries and therefore it is prohibited to collect, kill and disturb the species or disturb or destroy their habitat. The one I found, is called the Large White-faced Darter or Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Stor kærguldsmed, Leucorrhinia pectoralis) and is only found 3 places in Denmark, two of which have been turned into Natura 2000 sites after the species was discovered. The males have morphed from their aquatic larval form and are hunting insects in old sphagnum bog, filled with sundew, bog-myrtle and common cottongrass. The white-faced darter has a characteristic white mask and a yellow dot on the tail. I also found Green Forrester (Adscita statices) and lots of damselflies.

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Springtime

This last week I had some really nice nature trips close to home. Springtime is beautiful in Denmark -plants are emerging, insects buzzing and toads croaking.

I har a trip to “Hellebæk Kohave” near Helsingør, “Allindelille Fredsskov” near Ringsted and “Kulsbjerg” near Vordingborg, which serves as a military exercise area. Hellebæk Kohave contains som very fine bogs with spaghnum mosses, sundew and cranberry. Allindelille Fredsskov is one of the few Danish forrest, which grow on old limestone deposits, which has developed a special flora with herbs that thrive in nutrient poor conditions and orchids. Kulsbjerg is one of the best places to see tree frogs.

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