2 yellow bands on the thorax and 1 on the abdomen couple with a white tail – Oisín Duffy
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Heath Bumblebee (Bombus jonellus) — ID Guide

February 29, 2016 0

Continuing with bumblebee identification, this week I’ll be writing about the Heath Bumblebee (Bombus jonellus). As the name suggest this bumblebee can be found around upland areas of bog and heath but it is also […]

Large carder bee (Bombus muscorum) foraging on Water mint (Mentha aquatica) in a coastal habitat – Oisín Duffy
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Moss Carder Bee (Bombus muscorum) — ID Guide

February 24, 2016 0

Last week I wrote about the Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and I mentioned how it’s very distinctive but how there is also one confusion species, that’s what I’ll be writing about this week. The […]

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Common Carder Bee (Bombus Pascuorum) — ID Guide

February 19, 2016 0

The Common Carder Bee (Bombus Pascuorum) is one of our most common bumblebee species in Ireland. The species is quite distinctive and once it is seen, it cannot really be forgotten. It’s also very lucky […]

Research

The Story of Captain Skyhawk

February 17, 2016 0

Hello readers. I am an Englishman that has braved the heat and moved to South Africa for its wealth of biodiversity. Cormac Price recently joined me as a fellow post-graduate student at the University of […]

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White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) — ID Guide

February 9, 2016 0

Following on from my last piece on the Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), it now makes sense to look at one of its most similar species, the White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum). White-tailed bumblebee Queens are large […]

Opinion

Wading our way from one COP-out to another

February 5, 2016 2

The ins and outs of the COP21 Climate Agreement and where Ireland stands now? It was an Irishman in the mid-1800s, one of our most successful scientists and educators John Tyndall whom first established that […]