Opinion

Predation in (Chest) Waders

March 18, 2016 1

I wasn’t quite sure what was expected from a predation research student at first; I soon found out it was the ability to laugh at oneself while chest deep in river water surrounded by cows. […]

A rather sluggish and sandy B. lapidarius from a dune system – Oisín Duffy
ID Guide

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 […]

Welcome to the realm of the Hippo! It's going to be down to the best possible strategic planning and good will of the Hippos that my traps don't get completely flattened!
Research

It pays to have a hard shell up here!

March 14, 2016 8

I’ve recently returned from my first visit to my field site here in South Africa, the Ndumo game reserve. This place is truly incredible and I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to call […]

Opinion

Artist canvasses for species

March 4, 2016 0

I have being doing the Endangered Dave project for a number of years now. My aim is to highlight the many species that are endangered or protected in Ireland, as well as the destructive practises […]

2 yellow bands on the thorax and 1 on the abdomen couple with a white tail – Oisín Duffy
ID Guide

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
ID Guide

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 […]

ID Guide

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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