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Last month we watched a wasp and a honeybee clutching each other and buzzing furiously. A short while later the wasp had disappeared and the bee was wandering around, as if injured or dying.
Winnie Murdoch
Rathfarnham, Dublin

On November 3rd I watched a wasp eating a sizeable fly – brutal and violent.
Sean Malone
Warrenpoint, Co Down

This is unusual. In autumn, wasps are meant to be in search of sugary food before they die, not preying on other insects, which they usually do to feed their larvae.

The creature in my photograph was crawling over my bike a few months ago.
John F McCarthy
Douglas, Cork

It was the larva of the harlequin ladybird, an invasive threat to native ladybirds.

I found the jaw bones in this photograph on a beach at Mweenish, in Connemara. The teeth are quite fearsome.
Philip Berman
Leinster Road, Dublin

Those jagged, pointed teeth belong to the anglerfish.

Michael Viney welcomes observations at Thallabawn, Carrowniskey PO, Westport, Co Mayo, or by email at viney@anu.ie. Please include a postal address

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