Eye on Na­ture

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The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ENVIRONMENT -

There have been sev­eral pho­tographs of the sea­sonal cockchafer beetle (May­bug). Fran­coise Dav­i­son saw it out­side the back door one morn­ing in Wex­ford; Tim Nut­tall saw one on the out­side wall at night in New Ross; and Caitríona Shaf­frey pho­tographed this one just fold­ing its wings in Don­ny­brook. It chews the leaves of var­i­ous trees and its lar­vae feed on the roots of plants and cause se­vere dam­age to crops. Of­ten seen at dusk and can fly into lighted win­dows.

I saw a few of th­ese masked crabs re­cently washed up on Port­marnock beach. This one was about 3cm long. Emily Byrne, Bat­ter­stown, Co Meath

Our daugh­ter Dearb­haill took a photo of this pretty lit­tle fel­low and won­dered what it might be. Dearb­haill Standún, Cnoc Suain, Co Galway

It is a male orange-tip but­ter­fly with its wings folded.

I took this photo of a mush­room in our back gar­den last Oc­to­ber. It was 18-20cms high. Ed Ar­mitage, Cork.

It is a shaggy inkcap, Co­pri­nus co­ma­tus, also called Lawyer’s Wig.

What is the in­sect in my photo? John Walsh, Car­rick-on-Suir, Co Water­ford

It is the two-banded longhorn beetle, Rhag­ium fas­cia­tum. The lar­vae live in dead wood and take two or three years to ma­ture.

This photo is of one in a fam­ily of buz­zards fly­ing over our gar­den on May 7th. Gre­gory Can­ning, Kin­sealy, Co Dublin.

Ethna Viney wel­comes ob­ser­va­tions and pho­tographs at Thal­labawn, Louis­burgh, Co Mayo, F28 F978, or by email at viney@anu.ie. Please in­clude a postal ad­dress

Clock­wise: Cockchafer beetle; masked crab in Port­marnock; buz­zards in Kin­sealy; two-banded longhorn beetle in Water­ford; Lawyer’s Wig mush­room; an orange-tip but­ter­fly

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