So-called "tent" created by the larvae of the Pine Processionary Moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa. Skradin, Croatia, April 2009.
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
This attractive growth is a wasp gall, created by a small wasp species Diplolepis rosae. The grub inside the gall feeds on the plant before emerging. The gall also provides a home to many other creatures. Photo taken near Visovac, Krka NP, Croatia, April 2009.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
Hoof print of a Red Deer Cervus elaphus in snow. The large size (one Euro coin for comparison) indicates a stag. The roundness of the print suggests a forehoof though the edges of the print are blurred due to the snow having melts a little. Note that there are no dew-claw marks.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
Pine cone gnawed by Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Lednice, Czech Republic, March 2009. The seed-scales are removed whole and the seeds extracted. Such cones are often found piled on the ground below trees and sometimes in piles on tree-stumps.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Wild Boar Sus scrofa wallow. Slovensky kras, Slovakia, March 2009. Boar and deer both make wallows. Boar wallows are often in more open places than those made by red deer which are usually at more secuded, forested sites. Hoofprints around wallows are often the best way to identify exactly who uses them.