The Aglais urticae on the Almond and Erguvan tree

The Aglais Urticae

What is a common element of the Turkish Erguvan tree and the ‘Dutch’ Almond tree?

It’s the Aglais Urticae butterfly!

The Aglais urticae butterfly, ‘Kleine vos’ (small fox) in Dutch and in Turkish ‘Small tortoiseshell’ or ‘Türk aglaisi’, will complement and complete the diptych of the two trees. This weekend we will have a go at it.

Photo source: turkeybutterflies.blogspot.com

Den..Denver..Denverten…DEVENTER!

In our free time, we discover the Netherlands bit by bit. On Sunday 5th we went to an unlikely destination of Deventer. This picturesque town hosts every year the largest book fair in Europe. After visiting over 400 stalls out of 850 (!), and with some fine purchases, we turned to the beautiful gothic St. Lebuin’s church. As 4 hours of walking didn’t seem to be enough of a challenge, we climbed an endless staircase of the church tower to be rewarded with a top-notch view.