Delightfully alternative: Carabus problematicus, widespread on Ireland’s mountain heaths and moraines. Illustration: Michael Viney

Beetles are farmers’ friends, a sign of insect diversity and great recyclers of nutrients

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Still frozen: the fjord at Klaegbugt, in Germania Land, in northeastern Greenland. Illustration: Michael Viney

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DNA evidence indicated array of animals now recognised as distinctly Irish

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Pea thief: a slippery-sided bucket will foil the wood mouse. Illustration: Michael Viney

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