species of the week #52 – marsh pug

The marsh pu, also called the dwarf flower moth, is a really small butterfly; it is just about the size of a european two-cent coin. Another special feature is its activity pattern: it is the only Central European flower moth that is diurnal. Distribution status  Extinct in Rhineland-Palatinate Remaining deposits Individuals in NRW in Lower […]

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species of the week #51 – european roller

The European Roller used to be a breeding bird in Germany. The last regular breeding occurrences in eastern Germany became extinct in the 1990s. Occasionally, the European Roller can be observed as a migrant in Germany. Verbreitungsstatus Distribution status Extinct in Rhineland-Palatinate Remaining occurrences Africa, Europe, Russia and Asia Last sighting in Rhineland-Palatinate 1994 near […]

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species of the week #48-vagrant emperor

Once in a lifetime, to see a vagrant emperor is like winning the lottery here in Northern Europe. In Germany, there is only one known body of water in Saxony where the vagrant emperor has been able to successfully reproduce. Otherwise, the vagrant emperor is unfortunately only a guest in Germany. In 2019, there was […]

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