Eye on Nature: Your notes and queries for Ethna Viney

Plume moth, otters on parole, dog whelk embryo capsules and trigger fish

The plume moth

The plume moth

 

I saw this insect (above) on the sun room wall at the end of September. Catherine Nash, Ballinteer, Dublin 16

This exotic looking insect attached itself to the inside of my sun room wall.
James Brennan, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Both are the beautiful plume moth, Amblyptilia acanthadactyl. Unlike the common white plume moth, Emmeline monodactyl (Eye 09/09/17), the beautiful plume has two generations, one in July and another in September. The latter hibernates, emerging in May. They are attracted to light.

I was driving along the Mall in Dingle when an otter crossed the road directly in front of the car and disappeared through the gate of the Garda station.
Patricia Coady, Dingle, Co Kerry
On parole?

We found this object at Bertra Beach when the tide was out. It looks like the hatched eggs of something.

Sarah Harvey, Westport, Co Mayo
They are the egg or embryo capsules of the dog whelk. The embryos hatch out inside the egg cases and emerge when they are ready for independent life.

I saw this dead fish on a beach in Co Cork washed up after Storm Ophelia.
Jane Harvey, Abbeyleix, Co Laois

It is a trigger fish. The dorsal fins are not visible in the photo, but it has a very strong first dorsal fin which can be raised and locked like a trigger. It is used to wedge the fish in crevices to escape predators.

This red admiral butterfly at Rogerstown Estuary, Dublin, survived the storms.
Liam Kane, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Ethna Viney welcomes observations and photographs at Thallabawn, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, F28F978, or by email at: viney@anu.ie. Please include a postal address.

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