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The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ENVIRONMENT - 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

I came across this grub while work­ing in Kil­lor­glin, Co Kerry. It was about 10cm long.

Paul Gor­don, In­land Fish­eries

It is the cater­pil­lar of the goat moth, so called be­cause it smells of goat. The moth lays its eggs in the bark of trees and the lar­vae bore into the wood and re­main there for up to five years.

I spot­ted this lit­tle guy re­cently. He looks like an anaemic robin/finch hy­brid. What do you think?

Emer O’Shea, Ballyshan­non, Co Done­gal

It is a bullfinch.

I found this beauty at the top of Cap­panawalla Moun­tain in the Bur­ren, Co Clare.

Frank Folan, Bal­ly­vaughan, Co Clare

It is the cater­pil­lar of the fox moth, one of the eggar group.

We saw th­ese highly speck­led birds at Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wex­ford. They were larger than spar­rows.

Pádraig McCarthy, Sandy­ford, Dublin

They are adult star­lings, re­mark­ably sharply marked.

My sons found this spi­der on a huge web in the gar­den and re­marked that it looked like a crab.

Claire Con­nolly, Bal­li­nasloe, Co Gal­way

It is the gar­den spi­der.

For sev­eral weeks Eye on Na­ture has re­ceived pho­to­graphs of huge strand­ings of

Pe­la­gia noc­tiluca on coasts

from Done­gal to Kerry. The mauve stinger is a jel­ly­fish of warm and tem­per­ate waters that lives off­shore and is not com­mon near the coast. But when num­bers are high, pre­vail­ing winds drive them ashore. This hap­pened in 2007 and 2013, when they caused havoc in sal­mon farms. This photo, taken by Damien Ryan, Quilty, Co Clare, is one of the many re­ceived.

Clock­wise from main: the cater­pil­lar of the goat moth; the jel­ly­fish; the crab-like gar­den spi­der; two sharply marked adult star­lings; the bullfinch

Pe­la­gia noc­tiluca

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