Anacamptis morio

Russia, North-Western Caucasus, Krasnodar Territory, the green-winged orchid, Россия, Северо-Западный Кавказ, Краснодарский край, ятрышник раскрашенный, Anacamptis morio ssp. caucasica, Anacamptis morio, дремлик кавказский

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Xysticus sp. Perillus bioculatus Leptinotarsa decemlineata_Krasnodar Territory_North-Western Caucasus_spider_true bug_larvae_beetle_stink bug

Two versus one

[Прочитать на русском] It is known that carnivorous the two-spotted stink bug (Perillus bioculatus) feed mainly on the larvae and eggs of the Colorado beetle. Once, during observations of these bugs, I saw such a scene: one bug and one spider-boat Xysticus sp. attacked a larva of the Colorado potato beetle at a time. Both […]

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Perillus bioculatus

Photos of Perillus bioculatus, in natural conditions, North-Western Caucasus, Krasnodar Territory, Фотографии клопа-периллюса, в естественных условиях, Северо-Западный Кавказ, Краснодарский край

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Dolichophis caspius_Krasnodar Territory_North-Western Caucasus_snake_Caspian whipsnake

The Caspian whipsnake

[Прочитать на Русском] The Caspian whipsnake (Dolichophis caspius) is widespread in South and South-Eastern Europe. This is one of the largest snakes in Europe. In length it can reach 2 m. There are specimens found up to 2.5 m long. The Caspian whipsnake prefers dry habitats: forest edges with thickets of spiny bushes, stony slopes […]

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Hyla arborea schelkownikowi_Krasnodar Territory_North-Western Caucasus_tree frog

Metamorphosis of the European tree frog (Hyla arborea schelkownikowi)

[Прочитать на Русском] 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 […]

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Pachyiulus foetidissimus

Photos of Pachyiulus foetidissimus, in natural conditions, North-Western Caucasus, Krasnodar Territory, Фотографии белого кивсяка, в естественных условиях, Северо-Западный Кавказ, Краснодарский край

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Battle for the female

Photos of common toads, Bufo bufo, in natural conditions, , Фотографии жабы обыкновенной, в естественных условиях, Ленинградская область, Leningrad region

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Bufo bufo_Leningrad region_common toad_European toad_toad

Battle for the female

[Прочитать на Русском] Once I witnessed an extraordinary phenomenon. In late April, on the outskirts of the Menkovo village (Leningrad oblast, Russia), I observed a huge number of common toads (also known as European Toads, Bufo bufo). They were everywhere — on a plowed field, in ditches with water, they galloped along road, where they […]

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