Your notes and queries for Ethna Viney

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I spot­ted this un­usual coloured moth and I’m cu­ri­ous to know what it is. Roger Walsh, Dun­more, Co Kilkenny

It’s the feath­ered thorn moth, which flies from Septem­ber to No­vem­ber. My daugh­ter and I saw this tur­tle shell on the beach at Bal­ly­con­neely. What type is it? Gráinne Wa­ters, Bal­ly­con­neely, Co Gal­way

It is the very worn cara­pace of a leatherback tur­tle. When walk­ing with friends in Howth har­bour in early Oc­to­ber we saw a mat­ing seal cou­ple. When is the mat­ing sea­son for seals? Peter Reinsma, Dublin The mat­ing sea­son for grey seals is Au­gust to No­vem­ber, but the peak months are Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. I saw this poor fel­low out­side on the road; looks like it was hit by a car. It had a to­tally cream-coloured coat. Is it a stoat? Erika Tyner, Bray, Co Wick­low It’s a weasel, cousin of the stoat. There are some feral weasels in the north­east of Ire­land. This one could have been a pet that got lost. I found this beauty on a path­way here in the Bur­ren. What are the

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