Alpine meadow and a life bird

A two hour train ride, a two hour hike a and up we were on an Alpine meadow 1700 meters above sea level (~5600 feet).

I had a great time looking for the bugs in the grass … Hover the mouse over the photo to see the names and click to enlarge.
Many Grasshoppers:

A tiny bee on a heart-shaped flower:

A – what I call – techno bug (but really is a shield bug nymph) :

This beautiful caterpillar of a Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae – Wolfsmilchschwärmer)

And my life bird of the day was a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis – Habicht). I might have seen one before, but was never able to identify one. Here it is… far away.. but still 🙂

~ by Natalie on August 12, 2012.

4 Responses to “Alpine meadow and a life bird”

  1. Quite different from Panama! Well done on the lifer and for these nice pictures!

  2. Gorgeous scenic image of the alpine meadow! I love all the macros, too! There are so many fascinating creatures in the grass. Terrific, crisp, colorful photographs. A very cool looking caterpillar. Congratulations on the life bird!

  3. What colours and patterns on the spurge hawk moth caterpillar!

  4. Thanks Lucy – I think they’re cool, too 🙂

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