Thijs de Graaf

Thijs de Graaf

I live in the Netherlands in the village Bergen near the dunes and North Sea. I am particularly interested in photographing and determining insects.
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Flower clock with garden pansies in the park Alkmaarderhout of the Dutch city of Alkmaar with a small church in the background. Netherlands, March 26, 2020.
An acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) on a leaf of a oak (Quercus). Family Curculionidae. Photo: Bergen, Netherlands, August 6, 2019.
A smooth newt, common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) on a stone in the moss near pond. Family Salamandridae. Bergen, Netherlands, April 5, 2020.
A smooth newt, common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris in my hand, which is brought to the pond. Family Salamandridae. Bergen, Netherlands, April 5, 2020.
A smooth newt, common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris in my hand, which is brought to the pond. Family Salamandridae. Bergen, Netherlands, April 5, 2020.
Sansevieria trifasciata of the family Asparagaceae in a pot with a white background. Commonly known as the snake plant, Saint George's sword, mother-in-law's tongue, and viper's bowstring hemp.
A path to the lake from the Geestmerambacht recreation area near the Dutch city of Alkmaar. Netherlands, February 18, 2020.
Male hoverfly Eupeodes corollae of family Syrphidae on pale flowers of Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), family Amaryllidaceae in the spring in a Dutch garden.
White flowers of the shrub Deutzia of the family Hydrangeaceae in a Dutch garden. May 27.
White flowers of the shrub Deutzia of the family Hydrangeaceae in a Dutch garden. May 27.
Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula, Coloeus monedula) on a stairs in a Dutch garden. Crow family (Corvidae).
Pasture landscape. Horses grazing in the meadow in May in the Netherlands. Near the village Bergen in North Holland and the dunes.
A small playground with a climbing house, swing and bench in a new residential area in the Dutch village in Egmond aan den Hoef.
Pasture landscape. Horses grazing in the meadow in May in the Netherlands. Near the village Bergen in North Holland and the dunes.
Pasture landscape. Horses grazing in the meadow in May in the Netherlands. Near the village Bergen in North Holland and the dunes.
Sun fly Helophilus pendulus of family Syrphidae on pale flowers of Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), family Amaryllidaceae in the spring in a Dutch garden.
Pasture landscape. Cyclists, who ride in the spring on a road along the meadows to the Dutch village of Bergen.
Tulip field, the tulips of which are headed to allow the bulbs to grow better. Water being sprayed at a field because of drought in spring with the help of a tractor. Near the village of Bergen.
Tulip field, the tulips of which are headed to allow the bulbs to grow better. Water being sprayed at a field because of drought in spring with the help of a tractor. Near the village of Bergen.
Egmond aan den Hoef, Netherlands, May 25, 2020. With the tractor the grass is cut on the slope of a ditch with a row of trees. On the edge of a field with ornamental onions.
Field with the ornamental onions Allium globemaster. A cross between Allium Cristophii and Allium Macleanii. With purple-violet bulbous flowers. Near the Dutch village of Egmond aan den Hoef.
Field with the ornamental onions Allium globemaster. A cross between Allium Cristophii and Allium Macleanii. With purple-violet bulbous flowers. Near the Dutch village of Egmond aan den Hoef.
Bridge over the castle moat to the ruins of the Egmond Castle or Slot op den Hoef. Built by Wouter van Egmont (1293) and William II, Lord of Egmond (around 1285) in Egmond aan den Hoef, Netherlands.
Egmond aan den Hoef, Netherlands, May 25, 2020. Old Castle chapel, castle ruins and castle moat with a bronze statue of the Count of Egmont (1522-1568).
Egmond aan den Hoef, Netherlands, May 25, 2020. Old Castle chapel, castle ruins and castle moat with a bronze statue of the Count of Egmont (1522-1568).
Bergen, Netherlands, May 5. A Dutch farmer is mowing the grass of the meadow with a mowing machine.
Bergen, Netherlands, May 5. A Dutch farmer is mowing the grass of the meadow with a mowing machine.
A road sweeper drives through the shade of the trees in a Dutch street and sweeps up the fallen flowers and leaves.
Green-eyed hawker, Norfolk hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Aeshnidae family hawkers, darners (Aeshnids), which clings to a bamboo stick. In the spring in a Dutch garden.
A hoverfly (Myathropa florea), family hoverflies (Syrphidae) on flowers of bistort (Bistorta officinalis, synonym Persicaria bistorta), dock family (Polygonaceae). In the spring in a Dutch garden.
A hoverfly (Myathropa florea), family hoverflies (Syrphidae) on flowers of bistort (Bistorta officinalis, synonym Persicaria bistorta), dock family (Polygonaceae). In the spring in a Dutch garden.
A fly of the family Sarcophagidae. Maybe a Metopia species on a flower of a common daisy (Bellis perennis), family Asteraceae or Compositae. In the spring in a Dutch garden.
A fly of the family Sarcophagidae. Maybe a Metopia species on a flower of a common daisy (Bellis perennis), family Asteraceae or Compositae. In the spring in a Dutch garden.
Female hoverfly Meliscaeva auricollis, family hoverflies (Syrphidae) on a flower of a red campion, red catchfly (Silene dioica), pink family, carnation family (Caryophyllaceae). Spring, Dutch garden.
Flowering foxglove (Digitalis) of the plantain family (Plantaginaceae) and a garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) of the family Apidae. In the spring in a Dutch garden.
Flowering foxglove (Digitalis) of the plantain family (Plantaginaceae) and a garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) of the family Apidae. In the spring in a Dutch garden.
Flowering foxglove (Digitalis) of the plantain family (Plantaginaceae) and a garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) of the family Apidae. In the spring in a Dutch garden.
The first pale pink flower and flower buds in the spring of the climbing rose Rose New (Rosa New Dawn) in a Dutch garden.
The laundry fluttering in the wind on the line of a rotary umbrella clothesline in a Dutch garden.
The laundry fluttering in the wind on the line of a rotary umbrella clothesline in a Dutch garden.
Common pond skater or common water strider (Gerris lacustris) of the family Gerridae on a finger. Macropterous. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Common pond skater or common water strider (Gerris lacustris) of the family Gerridae on a finger. Brachypterous. In spring in a Dutch garden.
A dock bug (Coreus marginatus) of the family Coreidae on a leaf. In spring in a Dutch garden.
A small leafhopper Oncopsis on a leaf. Family Cicadellidae, subfamily Eurymelinae. There are some very similar species. In spring in a Dutch garden.
A small leafhopper Oncopsis on a leaf. Family Cicadellidae, subfamily Eurymelinae. There are some very similar species. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Two small beetles Byturus on a yellow flower of a buttercup. Byturus tomentosus and Byturus ochraceus are very similar. Family Fruitworms (Byturidae). In spring in a Dutch garden.
Narcissus fly, Greater bulb fly (Merodon equestris) of the family hoverflies (Syrphidae) on a leaf of a Deutzia of the family Hydrangeaceae. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Narcissus fly, Greater bulb fly (Merodon equestris) of the family hoverflies (Syrphidae) on flowers of dame's rocket (Hesperis matronalis) of the family Brassicaceae. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Two small beetles Oedemera lurida or Oedemera virescens, family Oedemeridae (false blister beetles, pollen-feeding beetles). On the flower of strawberry, family Rosaceae. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Bumblebee species in the Bombus lucorum-complex on the flowers of elder (Sambucus nigra), family Adoxaceae. In a Dutch garden in the spring.
A woundwort shieldbug (Stagonomus venustissimus) of the family Pentatomidae on the leaf of Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon argentatum), Mint family (Lamiaceae). In spring in a Dutch garden.
Many aphids on a young stem of an elder (Sambucus nigra). Probably Elder aphids (Aphis sambuci). In spring in a Dutch garden.
Denticulate Leatherbug (Coriomeris denticulatus) of the family Coreidae on a leaf in a Dutch garden. Spring,
A green garden hose coiled up on desiccated grass on a dry lawn in a Dutch garden.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 18, 2020. St. Joseph's Church (1908) (Sint-Josephkerk) a Roman Catholic church in the city of Alkmaar. This national monument is being converted into an apartment complex.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 18, 2020. Landgoed Nijenburg is an 18th-century Dutch country estate between Alkmaar and Heiloo in North Holland. Today estate Nijenburg is a nature reserve.
Old white church called Witte Kerk in the Dutch village of Heiloo.
Old white church called Witte Kerk in the Dutch village of Heiloo.
Railway bridge over the four-lane ring road around the Dutch city of Alkmaar.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 18, 2020. The mosque Sunni Razvi Moskee in the Dutch city of Alkmaar on the waterfront.
Polydrusus formosus, a species of broad-nosed weevil belonging to the family Curculionidae, subfamily Entiminae. Eating from an oak leaf. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Flowers of Aquilegia vulgaris (European columbine, common columbine, granny's nightcap, granny's bonnet) family Ranunculaceae in a Dutch garden.
Flowers of Aquilegia vulgaris (European columbine, common columbine, granny's nightcap, granny's bonnet) family Ranunculaceae in a Dutch garden. A blue sky.
Green shield bug (Palomena prasina) of the family Pentatomidae on a a branch of a butterfly-bush, summer lilac (Buddleja davidii) in a Dutch garden.
Sun fly Helophilus pendulus of family Syrphidae on the flower of strawberry (Fragaria) of the family Rosaceae in the spring in a Dutch garden.
Bergen, Netherlands, May 4, 2020. A skip with construction waste is lifted into the truck. Difficult because of the trees and hedge,
A longhorn moth Cauchas rufimitrella of the family Adelidae on the flowers of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), family Brassicaceae, Cruciferae. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Flowers of green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens), family borage (Boraginaceae) in a Dutch garden and a common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum), family Apidae. Spring.
Flowers of green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens), family borage (Boraginaceae) in a Dutch garden and a common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum), family Apidae. Spring.
Netherlands, May 4, 2020. Pasture landscape. A blue tractor with a red trailer coupled behind it, driving on a road along the meadows near the Dutch village of Bergen in the spring.
Sun fly Helophilus pendulus of family Syrphidae on the flower of strawberry (Fragaria) of the family Rosaceae in the spring in a Dutch garden.
Holly blue (Celastrina argiolus), lycaenids or blues family. On the flowers of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), family Brassicaceae, Cruciferae. In spring in a Dutch garden.
A dishwashing brush, a cup and a bowl in a blue plastic washing-up bowl with soapy water.
 Male bark sac spider (Clubiona corticalis) of the family sac spiders (Clubionidae) on a plant in a Dutch garden.
Flowers of lilac or common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), olive family (Oleaceae) in a Dutch garden in the spring.
Flowers of lilac or common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), olive family (Oleaceae) in a Dutch garden in the spring.
Female orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines), family Pieridae. On the flowers of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), family Brassicaceae, Cruciferae. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Bergen, Netherlands, May 9, 2020. Plastic containers for the collection of waste paper in the Dutch village of Bergen. On a lid is a bag with paper. Behind them containers for collecting glass.
Bergen, Netherlands, May 4, 2020. A building or construction site with a yellow crane in the Dutch village of Bergen. Spring,
Bergen, Netherlands, May 4, 2020. Pasture landscape. A blue tractor with a red trailer coupled behind it in a meadow near the Dutch village of Bergen in the spring.
Sun fly Helophilus pendulus of family Syrphidae on the flower of Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) of the poppy family Papaveraceae in the spring in a Dutch garden.
Green-veined white (Pieris napi), family Pieridae. On the flowers of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), family Brassicaceae, Cruciferae. In spring in a Dutch garden.
Box bug (Gonocerus acuteangulatus) of the family Coreidae on flowers buds of elder (Sambucus nigra) in spring in a Dutch garden. May 7, 2020.
 Thick-legged hoverfly (Syritta pipiens) of family Syrphidae  on a leaf of an oak in spring in a Dutch garden, May 8, 2020.
Flower of Common daisy, English daisy, Bellis perennis. With the cuckoo bee Nomada sheppardana of the family Apidae. In a Dutch garden in spring.
The tachinid fly Blepharipa pratensis. Synonym Panzeria rudis. Subfamily Exoristinae, tribe Goniini, family Tachinidae. On a leaf of a red currant in a Dutch garden in spring. May 8, 2020.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. Facade of an old factory building in the Dutch city of Alkmaar with broken windows.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. Facade of an old factory building in the Dutch city of Alkmaar with broken windows.
Pasture landscape. The grass in a meadow near the Dutch village of Bergen is mowed by a tractor and mower.
Ouddorp, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. A thatched gristmill called ‘t Roode Hert (1925) in the Dutch village of Ouddorp.
Ouddorp, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. A thatched gristmill called ‘t Roode Hert (1925) in the Dutch village of Ouddorp.
Dutch playground in Holland. A colorful climbing tower and slide behind a hedge and fence in spring.
Small lake and thatched windmills (1625-1631), which pumped the water from the polders to the canal De Hoornse Vaart near the Dutch city of Alkmaar. and a modern windmill.
Thatched windmills (1625-1631), which pumped the water from the polders to the canal De Hoornse Vaart near the Dutch city of Alkmaar.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. Thatched windmills (1625-1631), which pumped the water from the polders to the canal De Hoornse Vaart near the Dutch city of Alkmaar.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. Level crossing with a railway bridge in the distance in the Dutch city of Alkmaar. A passing car.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. Boat in the canal (Noordhollands Kanaal) in the Dutch city of Alkmaar passes a drawbridge. In the background a parking garage.
View from a bridge over the canal (Noordhollands Kanaal) at the Dutch city of Alkmaar. A railroad bridge.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 7, 2020. A bridge (Huiswaarderbrug) at the Dutch city of Alkmaar over a canal, bicycle path and road.
An old black house with red roof tiles in the forest near the water near the Dutch village of Bergen in spring.
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