Thijs de Graaf

Thijs de Graaf

I live in the Netherlands in the village of Bergen near the dunes and North Sea. I am particularly interested in photographing and determining insects
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Pruning a hydrangea shrub with withered flowers with a secateurs in a Dutch garden. Faded grass and snowdrops in the background. Netherlands, Late winter, spring. March
Piles of bottom ash from the waste recycling factory has been cleaned, metals are removed and what is left is used in construction instead of sand. Elevators. Alkmaar, Netherlands, March 31, 2020.
A red mason bee (Osmia bicornis) family Megachilidae on the flowers of a Ribes sanguineum, the flowering currant or redflower currant. In spring, Bergen. Netherlands, March 21, 2020.
Flowering horse-chestnut or conker tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) in spring in the Dutch village of Bergen. Bergen, Netherlands, April 27, 2020.
European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) family Megachilidae, the leaf-cutter bees or mason bees on a hairy leaf of lamb's-ear or woolly hedgenettle. June, Netherlands
Queen of a common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) of the family Vespidae in spring on the leaves of an Euonymus in the garden in the Dutch village of Bergen. Netherlands, March 14, 2020.
Bumblebee species in the Bombus terrestris-complex on the flowers of elder (Sambucus nigra), family Adoxaceae. In a Dutch garden in the spring.
Green bottle fly (Lucilia), family blow flies, Calliphoridae on a flower of white gaura (Gaura lindheimeri), family Onagraceae. July, in a Dutch garden.
The fly rhinophora lepida, family Rhinophoridae. on the flowers of ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), family Asteraceae or Compositae. Summer in a Dutch garden. July
Pieris (Pieris japonica variegata). Heath, heather family (Ericaceae). Flowering in the end of the winter. Bergen, Netherlands, February 25, 2020.
Close up of spring foliage and flowers of an evergreen Irish Yew Tree (Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata') in a garden in the Dutch village of Bergen. Netherlands, March 14, 2020.
European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) with a spider web-entrapped flesh fly, Sarcophaga. In front of a faded window. Dutch garden. End summer, September. Family Orb-weaver spiders,
Male hoverfly Eupeodes luniger on a flower of herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum), family Geraniaceae. June, in a Dutch garden.
Green shield bug (Palomena prasina) of the family Pentatomidae in its brown winter colours on a leaf of Japanese spindle (Euonymus japonicus) in Dutch garden. March, Netherlands.
Close up Brown field slug (Deroceras invadens) on a decayed branch. Family Agriolimacidae. Dutch garden, Autumn, October, Netherlands
Leeuwarden, Netherlands, August 26, 2020. Oldehove Tower, is a leaning and unfinished church tower in the medieval centre of the Dutch city of Leeuwarden.
Spider Linyphia triangularis of the family Linyphiidae on a leaf. Dutch garden, Late summer, September, Netherlands
Closeup flowers of snowdrop or common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). bulbous perennial herbaceous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae. Bergen, Netherlands, February
Close up purple flowers of Wood Betony (Stachys monieri hummelo), family Lamiaceae. Dutch garden, July.
Netherlands, Bergen, January 12, 2021 Exterior of a Esso petrol station in the Dutch village of Bergen.
Close up rose red fruit of Spindle, European spindle, common spindle (Euonymus europaeus). Family Celastraceae. Dutch garden, autumn, October, Netherland
New solar panels on a roof with roof tiles and metal chimney. Faded horse chestnuts in the background in autumn, Netherlands.
Holding a grout scraper or weed scraper for removing moss and weeds in tile joints. July, Netherlands,
Dutch orange red excavator in a meadow landscape with trees, ditch and dunes in the distance. Summer, August, Netherlands
Two green shield bugs (Palomena prasina) of the family Pentatomidae on a leaf a peachtree, Prunus persica Melred. Autumn, October, Dutch garden.
Branches with withered, discolored leaves of the horse-chestnut or conker tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) in autumn. Blue sky. Dutch garden. October, Netherlands.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, September 26, 2021. Dutch shops Media Markt, MediaMarkt and ANWB with bicycles in front in the city of Alkmaar.
Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) family Apidae. On flowers orphine (Hylotelephium telephium), stonecrop family, orpine family (Crassulaceae), Dutch garden. September, Netherlands
Female Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. On a bamboo stick in a Dutch garden. Netherlands, June
Horse in a meadow with horse blanket, eating hay from a hay feeder in the aurumn. In the Netherlands near the village of Bergen and the dunes. Netherlands, November
Great green bush-cricket (Tettigonia viridissima), family Tettigoniidae. On leaves in a Dutch garden. Damaged antennae. September, Netherlands.
Great green bush-cricket (Tettigonia viridissima), family Tettigoniidae. On leaves in a Dutch garden. Damaged antennae. September, Netherlands.
Close up flowering water mint (Mentha aquatica), mint family Lamiaceae. Summer, September, Dutch garden.	 Blurred flowers on the background.
Pruning a butterfly-bush, summer lilac (Buddleja davidii) with a secateurs in a Dutch garden. March, Netherlands.
Queen of a common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) of the family Vespidae in spring on a leaf of an elm. Dutch garden, spring, Netherlands.
Bergen, Netherlands, May 30 2021: Roundabout in the Dutch village of Bergen with ivy hedge, espalier trees and sign post. Car and cyclist. Spring
Close up of horse chestnut bark bleeding. A bark infection which bleed a dark or reddish brown sticky fluid. Late summer, September, Netherlands.
Close up yellow flowering Moneywort, Creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia). Family primrose (Primulaceae) in a Dutch garden, July
Walking on the beach with a wave pattern in the sand of the Dutch village of Bergen aan Zee in autumn. Netherlands, November
Wave pattern. Ripples in the sand - ridges and runnels left in the sand of the beach of the Dutch village of Bergen aan Zee in autumn. Netherlands, November.
European garden spider, diadem spider, orangie, cross spider or crowned orb weaver (Araneus diadematus) in its web. Family Orb-weaver spiders, araneids (Araneidae). In front of a faded shrubs.
Old, discarded, white enamelled, iron sink for a kitchen counter against a garbage can in a Dutch garden in the summer, August.
Medemblik, Netherlands, August 24, 2021. Marina (Westerhaven) with sailing ships near the IJsselmeer Lake. Trees and lawn in the Dutch city of Medemblik. Summer.
Medemblik, Netherlands, August 24, 2021 Museum Steam Tram (Museumstoomtram) Hoorn-Medemblik (SHM) operates a service with historic steam tram equipment on the tourist railway (museum line)
Holding a rain gauge with water in the sun a faded Dutch garden in the background. Summer, august, Netherlands.
Bergen, Netherlands, June 16, 2021. Restaurant called Loetje, terrace with visitors and tourists in the Dutch tourist village of Bergen.
Dutch telescopic handler with bale clamp and behind it a flat trailer to transport the bales. Wrapped hay bales in the meadow. Summer, August, Netherlands.
Euphorbia enopla or heptagon with small flowers. Similar species. A clumping plant with stout finger sized stems. Succulent euphorbia family (Euphorbiacea). White background. March, Netherlands.
Tulipa 'Little Princess ' growing with garden plants. Orange red flowers centered with a blue-black heart edged in yellow. Hybrid of Tulipa hageri and Tulipa aucheriana. Spring, April, Dutch garden.
Netherlands, Alkmaar, January 25, 2021. Petrol station with futuristic awning from NXT with a hill with solar panels in the background. A truck drives away. Tree, Gas storage tanks.
View of the lake from the Geestmerambacht recreation area near the Dutch city of Alkmaar. Netherlands, Summer, August,
Flowering lesser burdock (Arctium minus), family Asteraceae and a common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum),  family Apidae. Summer, august, Netherlands.
Close up purple flower Hellebore (Helleborus). Buttercup family or crowfoot family (Ranunculaceae). Dutch garden, faded background. Spring, April, Netherlands.
Closeup flowers of white gaura (Gaura lindheimeri), family Onagraceae. Faded Dutch garden, summer, August, Netherlands
Closeup of Collared earthstar, saucered earthstar, triple earthastar (Geastrum triplex). Family Geastraceae, earthstars. Moss, leaves. Autumn, November, Dutch garden. Holland
Hornet mimic hoverfly (Volucella zonaria), family Syrphidae on flowers of Origanum, family Lamiaceae. Dutch garden, August
Sponge texture. Close up for background.
A smooth newt, common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris in my hand, which is brought to the pond. Family Salamandridae. Bergen, Netherlands, April 5, 2020.
Figwort Sawfly (Tenthredo scrophulariae), family Common sawflies (Tenthredinidae) on a leaf of Common figwort (Scrophularia nodosa), figwort family (Scrophulariaceae). Dutch garden, August.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, November 22, 2021. Modern apartments, window cleaner in a bucket of a telescopic boom lift. Dutch nursing home Westerhout, Alkmaar. Autumn, blue sky
Alkmaar, Netherlands, November 22, 2021. Dutch nursing home Westerhout, Alkmaar. The former Roman Catholic St. Elisabeth Hospital, Apartments. Reflected in the water of the canal. Autumn.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, November 22, 2021. Dutch nursing home Westerhout, Alkmaar. The former Roman Catholic St. Elisabeth Hospital, Autumn
Alkmaar, Netherlands, November 22, 2021. Dutch nursing home Westerhout, Alkmaar. The former Roman Catholic St. Elisabeth Hospital, Autumn.
Dutch pasture landscape. View on meadows behind leafless trees. Autumn, November. Blue sky, clouds. Netherlands. Near the village of Bergen.
Scarlet lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii). Tribe Criocerini. Subfamily Criocerinae. Family Chrysomelidae. Isolated on a leaf of lily (Lilium) (members of which are true lilies Liliaceae . Dutch garden
Close up rose red fruit and blurred fruit of Spindle, European spindle, common spindle (Euonymus europaeus). Family Celastraceae. Dutch garden, autumn, November, Netherlands
Close up woven plastic texture background, weave pattern,
 Bergen, Netherlands, November 17, 2021. Dutch new, modern houses along the meadow in front of a small road. Autumn, Blue sky.
Alkmaar, Netherlands, May 19 2021: Shopping people in a shopping street (Lange Straat) in the Dutch city of Alkmaar with a large church (Grote Kerk or Sint-Laurenskerk) and an old, former town hall.
Mast with antennas for mobile telecommunication in the Dutch village of Bergen in autumn. Trees, blue sky. Netherlands, November
Field with faded flowers of ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris, Senecio jacobaea), family Asteraceae with the Dutch village of Bergen in the distance. Summer, July, Netherlands,
Horse-chestnut or conker tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) in autumn with twisting nearly leafless branches. High above dark roofs with a blue sky. November, Netherlands.
Bergen, Netherlands, July 20, 2021. Waste separation with separate underground containers for plastics and paper. Summer, Dutch village.
Close up autumn leaves on the grass of the lawn. Discolored, brown, yellow beech leaves. Dutch garden, Autumn, November, Netherlands
Pasture landscape. Small road, cyclist, meadows, ditch, tree and tree stump, dunes in the distance near the Dutch village of Bergen. Summer, July
Male Chloromyia formosa, family Soldierflies (Stratiomyidae) on a leaf of yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus) In a Dutch garden Summer, August.
Common darter (Sympetrum striolatum), family Libellulidae resting on a withered common evening-primrose (Oenothera biennis) in a Dutch garden. July.
Raking autumn leaves with a metal leaf rake on the lawn. Dutch garden, Autumn, November, Netherlands
Dutch roof with old, red glazed roof tiles, tuiles du nord in the sun overgrown with moss. Autumn, November, Netherlands.
Euonymus fortunei, the spindle, Fortune's spindle, winter creeper or winter creeper with variegated leaves. Hanging above cream-colored tiles of the terrace. Dutch garden, spring, May.
Female Missing sector orb weaver or the silver-sided sector spider (Zygiella x-notata) on a rose leaf. Family Orb-weaver spiders, araneids (Araneidae). Autumn, October. Netherlands
Modern apartments with staircase in the Dutch city of Alkmaar with a blue sky. Many windows. Autumn, November, Netherlands.
Branches with withered, discolored leaves of the European beech or common beech (Fagus sylvatica) in autumn. Blue sky. Dutch garden. November, Netherlands. Family Fagaceae
Dark, black harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis f. spectabilis), family Coccinellidae. Underside yellow autumn leaf of field maple (Acer campestre). Dutch garden. November, Netherlands
Dark orange harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis f. succinea), family Coccinellidae. Underside autumn leaf of field maple (Acer campestre). Dutch garden. November, Netherlands
A green rain barrel in front of an ivy wall with a blue watering can, being filled with water. Spring. Bergen, Netherlands, April 7, 2020.
Ripening gooseberries in a shrub. Gooseberry or European gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). Family Grossulariaceae. Dutch garden, July.
Close up hand push lawn mower in the grass of the lawn in a Dutch garden in July
Two white and brown horses, ponies together in a Dutch meadow in autumn, October. Sunny day, Netherlands.
Renovation of a new, modern building together with an old building with a clock gable in the Dutch city of Alkmaar. October, autumn, Netherlands
Figwort Sawfly (Tenthredo scrophulariae), family Common sawflies (Tenthredinidae) on a flower bud of Common figwort (Scrophularia nodosa), figwort family (Scrophulariaceae). Dutch garden, July.
Fields of white, purple, pink Common Hyacinths, Garden Hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis), near the North Holland village of Egmond aan den hoef in spring. In the distance sand dunes. Netherlands April
Two white and brown horses, ponies together in a Dutch meadow in autumn, October. Sunny day, Netherlands.
Close up male hoverfly Melanostoma scalare on a blurred pink flower Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba'), family Onagraceae. Autumn October, Dutch garden. Netherlands.
Male cluster fly (Pollenia) family Calliphoridae on a white, dirty window frame in the sun. Late winter, spring. Netherlands, March
Orange, red harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis f. succinea) of the family Coccinellidae. Autumn, underside of rose leaves. Dutch garden. October, Netherlands,
Dark orange harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis f. succinea) of the family Coccinellidae. Autumn, on a Redflower currant leaf. Dutch garden. October, Netherlands
White flowers of a Hippeastrum (common name amaryllis) of the family Amaryllidaceae with a white background. Netherlands, January.
Flowering Candelabra Spurge (Euphorbia pseudocactus) with a faded green Dutch garden in the background. Succulent euphorbia family (Euphorbiacea). February, Netherlands.
Predjama Castle, Grad Predjama built within a cave mouth near Postojna. Renaissance castle, Slovenia, September.
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