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Colourful freedom, the ATALANTA  (RED ADMIRAL) (062)

Colourful freedom, the ATALANTA (RED ADMIRAL) (062)

Butterflies are a symbol of freedom and colour. The atalanta is a dark brown butterfly with striking small white spots. Its wings are tipped with white spots and encircled by a necklace of red beads. Did you know that this delicate fragile flower-lover has noble origins? Draw closer and listen to my tale: In times […]

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SNAIL  Home sweet home (064)

SNAIL Home sweet home (064)

Animals adapt to their circumstances. Some creatures, like the snail, take this to extremes. So as not to dry out and to protect themselves against their enemies, these special little creatures not only live 24/24 in their small house, they also carry it around with them on their back. How many animals can say the […]

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THE SONG THRUSH, A singer with no sense of rhythm (025)

THE SONG THRUSH, A singer with no sense of rhythm (025)

Every gardener welcomes a song thrush into his garden, because it readily devours so many snails. If you watch carefully you will see how this bird cracks open the shells on any steady stone it can find closeby. That stone is his ‘anvil’. The song of the thrush has rich warm tones. He often repeats […]

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Why the birch has small leaves and white bark (017)

Why the birch has small leaves and white bark (017)

A little girl was walking with her grandmother through the open countryside. Her granny often told her stories about wonders of the natural world. Together they stopped to take a closer look at a birch. Amazed, the little girl asked, “Why does this tree have such beautiful white bark, Granny, and why does it have […]

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