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Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) — ID Guide

May 19, 2016 0

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) – Coinnle corra Asparagaceae One of our best known and most loved spring flowers is bluebell. This beautiful wildflower really does carpet woodland floors throughout April and May. Bluebells can be found […]

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Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) — ID Guide

April 28, 2016 0

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) — Seamsóg Oxalidaceae A beautiful, characteristic sign of Spring and a familiar sight to any of you out there who like to take a dander through the woods at this time of year. […]

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Common Dog-Violet (Viola riviniana) — ID Guide

April 14, 2016 0

Another beautiful sign of Spring, although you may have to look a little closer to find it! This week we’re going to be looking at the wonderful common dog-violet (Viola riviniana). This species generally forms […]

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Spring Wildflowers Part I — Lesser Celandine

April 4, 2016 0

The people on Twitter have spoken (or at least tweeted) and have chosen plants for my new series here on BioWeb.ie. Be sure to stay tuned to both @OshDuffy and @BioWeb_ie for more botanical blogs […]

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Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) — ID Guide

March 22, 2016 1

Last week looked at the Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), this week we will be looking at another species which also has a red tail, the tiny Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum). B. pratorum is a relatively […]

A rather sluggish and sandy B. lapidarius from a dune system – Oisín Duffy
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Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) — ID Guide

March 16, 2016 0

This week we’ll be looking at a highly distinctive and beautiful species of bumblebee. The red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) is a beautiful species which appears to be more abundant throughout the southern half of the […]

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 […]

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