Amager Fælled

By Peter Petersen

Zookeeper at the National Aquarium of Denmark: Den Blaa Planet


This is a male Orange-Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines cardamines) or Aurora sommerfugl in Danish. Females are similar but without the orange.  

The area called Amager Fælled is a green paradise in the middle of the city of Copenhagen. This is one of only a few places near/in copenhagen that the public can visit and enjoy native flora and fauna. The place is "The lung of the Danish capital".


The Common Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) is an important pollinator of the early flowering trees in this region. This species is called Droneflue in Danish.

The Common Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) can stand completely still in the middle air but also move extremely fast when escaping predators. It is almost impossible to follow with your eyes but fortunately this one decided to rest of a leaf.

The average wingspan of a Common Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) is around 15 mm. 

Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides) is called: Lundsanger in Danish. The Warblers have an amazing song which you normally can hear from April. 

The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is also present in this area. It is called: Løvsanger in Danish. The warblers seem to feed mainly on small insects.

The Green-veined White Butterfly (Pieris napi) is called: Grønåret kålsommerfugl in Danish. The plant here is the edible Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) which is called: Løgkarse in Denmark.

The Green-veined White Butterfly (Pieris napi) is very similar to a female Orange-Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines cardamines). But a large difference is that the Pieris napi is white under the wings as you can see here in flight.  

As the name suggests the Common Flesh Fly's (Sarcophaga carnaria) larvae feeds on carrion. The species is called: Almindelig kødflue in Danish.

Common European Yellowjacket (Vespula vulgaris) also known as a common wasp. In Danish the species is called: Almindelig Gedehams and commonly: Hveps. 

Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). It is called: Munk in Danish. This bird seem to feed mainly on insects and spiders. 

Natures diversity is simply amazing. Areas like this is crucial for bio diversity.

The Common Greenbottle Fly (Lucilia sericata) is actually used for maggot therapy. Larval secretions have been shown to help in tissue regeneration in humans.

The Common Greenbottle Fly (Lucilia sericata) is called: Grøn spyflue in Danish. 

The abdomen of the Humped Orbweb Spider (Gibbaranea gibbosa) has a scary smiley face on the back. Probably to scare off predators.

The three dimensional shape of the Humped Orbweb Spider's (Gibbaranea gibbosa) back makes the face visible from many angles.

The Humped Orbweb Spider (Gibbaranea gibbosa) belong to the Orbweaver family (Araneidae). These have 4 eyes forming a square in the middle of their face and two eyes barely visible on the each side of the square.

This female Humped Orbweb Spider (Gibbaranea gibbosa) has made an egg sac of her strong silken thread and natural materials found near by.

The female Humped Orbweb Spider (Gibbaranea gibbosawill often turn her back (the face) towards the assumed predator. In this case me the photographer. 

This stick is actually the tool my friend Linett used to guide the Humped Orbweb Spider (Gibbaranea gibbosa) during the photo session but this female spider was eager to move on to the new "branch".


The Two-spotted Lady Beetle (Adalia bipunctata) is common in this area. This species is called: Toplettet Mariehøne in Danish. They feed on aphids and other small insects.

The Pellucid Hover Fly (Volucella pellucens) is called: Hvidbåndet humlesvirreflue in Danish. This species is quite large. Usually around 15-16 mm in lenght. 

The Pellucid Hover Fly (Volucella pellucens) seem to prefer the flowers of teasels.

The Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is called: Gærdekartebolle in Danish.

The seeds of the Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fullonumare an important winter food resource for some birds, notably the European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).

The flowers of the Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) in early bloom.

The Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) have spines all over the leaves and stem.

The Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is an important hatchery for insects. The leaf sheath contain water after rain and small insects lay their eggs here after hatching their larvae develops in these pools. 

The area of Amager Fælled is the only pristine nature within the capital of Denmark. The biodiversity here is amazing and this area should be preserved at all costs in my opinion.

The Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) is called: Grøn Bladtæge in Danish. This species lay green eggs in hexagonal batches of 25 to 30.

White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album) is called: Det hvide W in Danish. Notice the white W on the wings.

The Tree Bumble Bee (Bombus hypnorum) is called: Hushumle in Danish. This species is an important pollinator for many species including plum trees.

The Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is called: Peberrod in Danish. The root of this plant is edible and can be used in many dishes. It has a strong taste and can be used grated in salads, dips, soups, sauces etc. Horseradish contains more than twice the amount of vitamin C compared with oranges. 


A special thanks to

Nikolai Filskov