Hunting behavior of the funnel-web spider Agelena orientalis

The funnel-web spider Agelena orientalis is often found along the edges of the foothill forests of the Northwestern Caucasus. Their abundance is especially noticeable in the summer, starting in July. In some places, the web of this species is found at literally every step. Funnel webs are weaving both females and males. The web can […]

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The European legless lizard – Pseudopus apodus thracius (Obst, 1978)

This is the largest legless lizard. The body length often exceeds 1 m. The European legless lizard (also commonly called  Pallas’ glass lizard) looks like a snake by its appearance. However, he is not as flexible as a snake. In the anterior part of the body, each side with a well-marked longitudinal furrow formed by […]

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Anacamptis morio – the green-winged orchid

This species is listed in the Red Book of Russia, but in some localities it is still found in large numbers. At the April, these orchids massively bloom in some places in the Seversky district of the Krasnodar Territory. The congestions of flowering plants are well visible from afar, as they are not hidden by […]

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Hyla arborea schelkownikowi_Krasnodar Territory_North-Western Caucasus_tree frog

Metamorphosis of the European tree frog (Hyla arborea schelkownikowi)

This subspecies is widespread in the low-mountain forests of the North Caucasus. At the end of April the tree frogs begin to multiply. The female lays several portions of eggs. The gelatinous substance, to which all debris and dirt easily adheres, protects the developing embryos from any adverse effects. The eggs are white. Each oviposition […]

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