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July 2009

July 9


Small "dragonflies moving" ...

Dragonflies have moved and have their own space (still under construction). They are available in the menu "LIBELLULES" (dragonflies) in the banner at the top (if the menu does not appear, enable JavaScript, thank you). Here, the birds newspaper continue.


10 July

Eurasian Reed Warbler. [Acrocephalus scirpaceus. - Passerifomes - Sylviidae-] (Rousserolle effarvate)
In search of insects in the reeds, the Reed warbler inspects the stems with agility.

It is well hidden by its colors that merge with the dry stalks of phragmites and it is hard to find.



15 July


Yesterday 14 July in the evening, the sky is full of fireworks and this beautiful cloud formation.

Noctilucent Clouds or polar mesospheric clouds. These formation are rare at our latitudes.

It is 23 hours.


Located at high altitude (80km), these clouds are illuminated by the sun, while below the earth at night.

Great show. The direction here is to north-west.

The tip of the Eiffel Tower illuminated by the fireworks is at the left of the 3rd building from the right.


20 July

A little pollen?


        Pollination guaranteed! These dahlias have such an unique taste... everyone wants a place, this one is full.

Marmalade fly. [Episyrphus balteatus] (Syrphe à ceinture)

July sees the arrival of these beautiful flies disguised as wasps, the hoverflies.

They arrived numerous last week on the balcony. They are reliable in their date of arrival, as last year. All of the same species of marmalade fly.

Aphids beware! For now adults are fans of pollen and fed on it, but their larvae are important predators of aphids. They will lay in their colonies.



It is a migratory.
This is a common species.

The nearby eyes here are those of the male. The female's eyes are more separated.

It is quite harmless.


Easily identifiable by its hovering and sudden departures to a flower.

It flies with the legs alongside the body.
It comes sometimes to look at you very, very closely.


30 July

A hummingbird.


Hummingbird Hawk-moth.  [Macroglossum stellatarum] (Sphinx colibri or moro sphinx)

It is a diurnal sphinx. The caterpillar has a characteristic horn. Southern butterfly, it migrates north.



It has a very long proboscis and appreciates the geranium flowers from which it feed hovering (like a "hummingbird").
Fast, it stays little time on each flower, all the time in motion and is hard to photograph. This is the first time I saw it on the balcony where he came several days in the evening (which is no help for the photo) by mid-July.
Clearly it is the first year that I see so many butterflies.


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