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Since her childhood Silvia Reiche has been interested in nature and wildlife, especially in little creatures like butterflies, caterpillars and beetles. At the age of 12, she studied dead flies under a microscope and started to collect caterpillars to find out what will happen. She remembers the day her family came home after a short holiday and in her room two butterflies were flying against the window (some caterpillars have escaped). When she grew older her hobby turned into a serious passion and in 1991 she bought her first Canon SLR camera switching to digital photography in 2005.

Her love for butterflies and nature are in her genes. She loves to go out in the early morning, when mother nature is switching from night into day, and photograph sleeping butterflies. And very often when she is lying in the grass she meets other creatures like deers but mostly, she enjoys the sound of the birds. This music in combination with the ultimate feeling of freedom gives her satisfaction: that's her meaning of life.

Silvia's speciality is macro photography. For the "normal" butterfly pictures she uses a 180mm macro lens. For special close-ups or really small creatures, like jumping spiders, she uses a special macro lens (MP-E 65mm) which offers her 5 x zooming. Patience is the keyword in macro photography as all the little creatures are frightened to death when a human being with a huge macro lens comes near....the butterfly will fly away and the jumping spider jumps away. Sometimes she needs days, even weeks, for one good photo.
Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus) flower, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287754 Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus) flower, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Purple-edged Copper (Lycaena hippothoe) butterfly male, Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434076 Purple-edged Copper (Lycaena hippothoe) butterfly male, Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria© Silvia Reiche
Provence Orange Tip (Anthocharis euphenoides) butterfly, Luberon Valley, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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00544991 Provence Orange Tip (Anthocharis euphenoides) butterfly, Luberon Valley, France© Silvia Reiche
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) butterfly, Germany  -  Silvia Reiche
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00286037 Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) butterfly, Germany© Silvia Reiche
Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) butterfly on Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434148 Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) butterfly on Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea), De Brand, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287604 European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea), De Brand, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) with prey on pink flower, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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70046551 Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) with prey on pink flower, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Scaly Rustgill (Gymnopilus sapineus) mushrooms, Hoenderloo, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287610 Scaly Rustgill (Gymnopilus sapineus) mushrooms, Hoenderloo, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Rose (Rosa sp) blooming, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287636 Rose (Rosa sp) blooming, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) butterfly female on flower, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287723 Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) butterfly female on flower, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) butterfly male on Grape Hyacinth (Muscari botryoides), Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287726 Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) butterfly male on Grape Hyacinth (Muscari botryoides), Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) feather detail, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287740 Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) feather detail, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Domestic Chicken (Gallus domesticus) hen with chicks foraging, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287743 Domestic Chicken (Gallus domesticus) hen with chicks foraging, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Paper Wasp (Polistes bischoffi) building a nest, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287748 Paper Wasp (Polistes bischoffi) building a nest, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France© Silvia Reiche
Redflower Currant (Ribes sanguineum) flowering, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287759 Redflower Currant (Ribes sanguineum) flowering, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) flower, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287762 Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) flower, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata) flowers with spider, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287773 Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata) flowers with spider, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France© Silvia Reiche
Green-winged Orchid (Orchis morio) flowering, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287771 Green-winged Orchid (Orchis morio) flowering, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France© Silvia Reiche
Feather Hyacinth (Muscari comosum) flower, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, Dordogne, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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00424653 Feather Hyacinth (Muscari comosum) flower, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, Dordogne, France© Silvia Reiche
Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) flower, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, Dordogne, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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00424660 Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) flower, Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, Dordogne, France© Silvia Reiche
Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense) flower showing purple anthers, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00286005 Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense) flower showing purple anthers, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) butterfly, Eifel, Germany  -  Silvia Reiche
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00425377 Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) butterfly, Eifel, Germany© Silvia Reiche
Pine Hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri) caterpillar, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434175 Pine Hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri) caterpillar, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus) butterfly on Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) flowers, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00433217 Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus) butterfly on Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) flowers, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Map Butterfly (Araschnia levana) on Globe Thistle (echinops ritro), Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00433227 Map Butterfly (Araschnia levana) on Globe Thistle (echinops ritro), Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) caterpillar, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434083 Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) caterpillar, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) caterpillar feeding, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434094 Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) caterpillar feeding, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) butterfly on leaf, Germany  -  Silvia Reiche
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00286027 Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) butterfly on leaf, Germany© Silvia Reiche
Forest in autumn, Teutoburger Wald, Germany  -  Silvia Reiche
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00544979 Forest in autumn, Teutoburger Wald, Germany© Silvia Reiche
Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) male, Netherlands
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00558739 Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) male, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Purple-edged Copper (Lycaena hippothoe) butterfly, Germany
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00558745 Purple-edged Copper (Lycaena hippothoe) butterfly, Germany© Silvia Reiche
Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) butterfly on red autumn leaf, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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70008208 Oldworld Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) butterfly on red autumn leaf, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi) butterfly on Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima), Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00425340 Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi) butterfly on Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima), Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) butterfly on flower, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00544987 Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) butterfly on flower, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) covered with dew, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00544993 Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) covered with dew, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) on flower, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434168 Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) on flower, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides nonscripta) flowering in forest, Halle, Brussels, Belgium  -  Silvia Reiche
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70005655 English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides nonscripta) flowering in forest, Halle, Brussels, Belgium© Silvia Reiche
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) dragonfly  -  Silvia Reiche
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70036718 Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) dragonfly© Silvia Reiche
Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) caterpillar, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434093 Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) caterpillar, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) butterfly on yellow flower, Eifel, Germany  -  Silvia Reiche
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70010066 Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) butterfly on yellow flower, Eifel, Germany© Silvia Reiche
Orange Margined Sawfly (Trichiosoma laterale) portrait  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287734 Orange Margined Sawfly (Trichiosoma laterale) portrait© Silvia Reiche
Funnel Weaver Spider (Tegenaria sp) in web, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Dordogne, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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70046611 Funnel Weaver Spider (Tegenaria sp) in web, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Dordogne, France© Silvia Reiche
Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) chick calling, Hoogeloon, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00425381 Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) chick calling, Hoogeloon, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) on tree leaf, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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70000230 Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) on tree leaf, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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70023763 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus) flowers, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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70023839 Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus) flowers, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) pupa, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00433214 Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io) pupa, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) in web, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00434096 Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) in web, Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Map Butterfly (Araschnia levana) on Knapwort Harshweed (Centaurea jacea), Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands  -  Silvia Reiche
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00433223 Map Butterfly (Araschnia levana) on Knapwort Harshweed (Centaurea jacea), Hoogeloon, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands© Silvia Reiche
Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata), Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France  -  Silvia Reiche
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00287774 Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata), Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, France© Silvia Reiche
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