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.

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.

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.

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.

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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