Khaki Campbell

Growing at a different pace

 

Khaki Campbell

The same age, but not the same size

For the Development project I document the growth and development of different animal species. But does that mean that all animals of a certain species grow the same way? There is only one clear answer to that question; ‘no’. I’m documenting the development of a certain individual of an animal species under a specific set of circumstances, because just as us humans, animals don’t all grow at the same pace. Read more

Macrothylacia rubi

The complicated caterpillar

Macrothylacia rubi

Creating series for Development is challenging in a number of ways; I’ve written blogs before about big or really small animals, but in my opinion, the biggest challenge has to be animals that go through a big transformation, like some insects (caterpillar to butterfly or larvae to beetle) or amphibians. With these series, timing is of the essence; you want to illustrate the whole process as clearly as possible, without missing any important stages. This also applies to the newest insect species of Development, the Fox moth – Macrothylacia rubi. Read more

Lakenvelder

How to photograph a newborn calf against a white background?

Lakenvelder

This week I faced a new challenge; photographing a newborn calf. Earlier, I’ve written a blog about shooting really small animals and how I do this, but what happens if an animal is already quite large at birth? So far, the largest animal was the Dutch pied goat and she just barely fitted on my standard table top set-up. That obviously wasn’t the case with the calf, so I had to come up with a new plan. Read more

Deilephila elpenor

Pesticides on new garden plants; a disaster for insects

Deilephila elpenor

Elephant hawk moth

One of the problems I had to deal with lately, is finding the right food plants for certain animals, especially insects species. Some plants I have in my garden, but when the animals require a specific plant, that is not really common, the only option is to buy one at for example a garden center. Unfortunately, that isn’t always a solution, as I experienced this the last week. Read more

Luizen

Not every aphid is the same

Luizen

The aphids I bought as ´pea aphids´

One of the species I would really like to add to the Development project for a while now, is a lady bug. A few years ago, I attempted to follow their growth and development, but I ran into all kinds of problems; a lens that couldn’t magnify enough and escaping aphids. Later, I encountered the same problems with other series and have found suitable solutions, so this year I wanted to give it another try. It turned out that caring for lady bug larvae isn’t as easy as it seems. Read more

Rhacodactylus auriculatus

The little gecko, that almost died

Rhacodactylus auriculatus

For most people, taking care of baby animals is a great thing to do. Generally speaking it is, but sometimes things can go horribly wrong. Not all newborn animals are completely healthy and some of them don´t survive. This almost happened to the baby Gargoyle gecko I´m following for the Development project at the moment. Fortunately, I can say ´almost’, because in the end I was able to save it. Read more

Overzicht 2019

Development in 2019 and 2020

Overzicht 2019

Today is the last day of 2019 and that’s always a good moment to look back at the last 12 months. It has been a very good year for the Development project, with lots of new series and highlights such as a great exhibition in the Rotterdam Museum of Natural History and the Cultuurprijs 2019 (award for Cultural projects) of the Gemeente Zuidplas (the town I live in). For the new year that’s about to start, 2020, there are already some big plans. Read more

Rups van het Kleine koolwitje

A gift from Mother Nature; the Development of a Small White

Rups van het Kleine koolwitje

Sometimes Mother Nature helps with Development; this week I’ve been able to finish the series of the Small White. This time I didn’t receive a kit with eggs, caterpillars and pupae, as with the Large White; the Small White butterflies decided to use the cabbage plants in my garden to lay their eggs themselves. Read more

Misvormd koolwitje

The pesticide free cabbage problem

Misvormd koolwitje

Large White with deformed wings

The last couple of weeks, I learned a valuable lesson, while taking care of the Large White caterpillars; it’s not very easy to determine if vegetables are really organic and pesticide free. In fact; even organic products can be a big risk for insects like caterpillars. Something that really worries me. Read more

Rups

Taking care of caterpillars is not as easy as it looks

Rups

Caterpillar close-up

Yes! The series of the Large White butterfly is finished. It was very interesting to follow their development, but I’m also somehow happy it’s done. Taking care of caterpillars and documenting their growth turned out to be more difficult than I expected. Read more