Last saturday, between my Powerpoint-presentations at DGHT Ulm and DGHT Stuttgart, we (M. Wirth, R. Hähnlein, A. Pieh, A. Schmid, H.-P. Mattern and I) visited a Vipera berus
population in the northern Black forest.
Unfortunately the weather was nearly bad - cold wind and complete cloudy nearly all the time.
Weather conditions got better when we had to leave
Some habitat shots:
But anyway, we have been able to spot a few adders.
It was quite hard to spot them, they were resting in wind proof depressions, mostly hided below dry gras, fern leafs or under Vaccinium bushes.
on a log I saw some kind of bee/wasp, catched another insect
"highlight" of the day was a fresh shed silverbrown male.
Its astonishing how the color and markings camouflage with the dry fern leafs
An interesting observation was something, I very often see, when grabbing Pseudopus apodus, but first time in my life at vipers / adders.
Erecting of both hemipenes
Due to the weather conditions (I hate to go herping with pullover and anorak
) it was a fine day with a total of 10 adders and 4 Zootocas seen