Watch out for the lion’s mane jellyfish on our coasts this summer
Eye on Nature: Ethna Viney replies to your queries and observations
Lion’s mane jellyfish. Photograph: Adam Lilburn of Limerick.
There have been many reports of lion's mane jellyfish on beaches all down the west coast. These jellyfish should not be touched as they can deliver a severe sting even when dead.
This beautiful birch bark moth, also known as a bufftip, looked rather exposed on the wall when there was a perfectly good birch tree in the garden.
Esther Hoad, Dromod, Co Leitrim
Q. I spotted this insect in the Devil’s Glen, Wicklow. Could you identify it?
Eoin O’Brien, Templeogue, Dublin 6W
A. It is the clouded magpie moth.
We found this moth dead on a path and put it on a sugared plate. After 20 minutes it perked up and looked for shade.
Michael, Aidan and Alphie Walsh, Barnatra, Co Mayo
It is the garden tiger moth which flies June to August.
Q. My wife spotted this creature at Warren Strand, Rosscarbery. What species is it?
Ray Treacy, Rush, Co Dublin
A. It is the caterpillar of the cinnabar moth feeding on ragwort.
Attached is a photo of a cabbage caterpillar being consumed by the larva of a parasitic wasp. I don’t spray my garden, but instead remove leaves when I find caterpillar eggs on my kale. I was delighted to see the remaining caterpillars taken care of by natural predators.
Emma Timoney, Cliffoney, Co Sligo
The tiny ichneumon fly, Apanteles glomeratus, lays its eggs in the caterpillar of the large white butterfly and other white butterflies. The eggs hatch and consume the caterpillar.
Ethna Viney welcomes observations and photographs at Thallabawn, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, F28F978, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a postal address.