species of the week #75 – wild horse

The tarpan is a wild horse that was also native to Germany until the end of the Middle Ages. Today, the species is extinct worldwide. There have been various attempts to reconstruct tarpans through backbreeding, but these were abandoned in the 1970s. Nevertheless, “Tarpans” can be seen in some game reserves, but these are tail […]

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species of the week #74 – brown tiger moth

The lady-in-waiting is a moth from the bear moth family. In German they are called ” Hofdame” – courtlady. Their long folded wings with thick brown fur are reminiscent of the long coats with fur collars worn by medieval noblemen. The caterpillars of the lady-in-waiting are also particularly furry, as is the case with all […]

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species of the week #73 – crested lark

Crested Larks were the “rubble birds” after the end of the Second World War. They inhabited the destroyed parts of the city until they were rebuilt. They are remembered by many older people because of their clearly visible, frequently erected bonnet. They actually inhabit treeless steppes with abundant sunny spots for sunbathing. So they found […]

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species of the week #71- field gentian

What do you do when you need nutrients but live in a barren area? You look for a good friend who provides minerals and give him sweets in return. What sounds like the story of the cricket playing the violin and the mole describes the coexistence of gentian and root fungi. The fungi (mycorrhiza) surround […]

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species of the week #69 – dryad

What do bright blue eyes, dreaming butterfly researchers and teenagers who prefer to live somewhere else have in common? This all describes characteristics of the butterfly called the Blue Core Eye. Its bright blue eye circles and elegant fluttering reminded the butterfly researcher Scopoli in 1763 of the dryads, the delicate forest fairies of Greek […]

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species of the week #67 – collared flycatcher

Those who dislike mosquitoes and spiders should welcome the collared flycatcher as their best friend. The small bird prefers to eat insects, larvae, spiders and other small invertebrates, occasionally a berry. It especially likes to hunt from high trees, making great capers to catch its prey in flight. Distribution status  Extinct in Rhineland-Palatinate Remaining deposits […]

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species of the week # 65 – allis shad

Who knows the International Shad Commission? No one today; it also existed for only two years. Founded in 1895, its goal was to counteract the decline of the allis shad stock. This was because complaints about the decline of the “poor man’s fish” in the Rhine had been mounting since 1860. The fish was also psychologically important for […]

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