Tiny bit of wildlife on Hiiumaa

July 1st, 2011

KÄINA, ESTONIA–This is a shout-out to our Wooster Geology colleagues currently working on the barren volcanic island of Iceland. We thought they might want a break from the bleak expanses of black basalt for a little color of wildlife from Estonia. The creature above, of course, is a grasshopper we found in our quarry today.

This colorful moth seems to specialize in the nectar of a common thistle here. It is a Six-Spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae).

A native bee on a daisy.

And delicious wild strawberries every day!

6 Responses to “Tiny bit of wildlife on Hiiumaa”

  1. Susanon 01 Jul 2011 at 10:33 am

    did you really take those photos? impressive!

  2. Mark Wilsonon 01 Jul 2011 at 10:42 am

    Thanks, Susan. The trick is to throw out the 99% of photographs that don’t work!

  3. Grahamon 01 Jul 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Great photos, Mark. Let me know if you discover what that moth is; I took pictures of the same one in Saaremaa (but it was on yellow flowers there)!

  4. Grahamon 01 Jul 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Oh, I see that you did put it in; I guess it pays to read captions.

  5. Mark Wilsonon 01 Jul 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks, Graham!

  6. Meagen's Pollockon 01 Jul 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the colorful images, but I think you’ll find that Iceland’s wildlflowers are equally as beautiful and the juxtaposition against the black basalt is much more dramatic!

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