Tag: Life

Nature on our doorsteps: Autumn Chestnuts

Nature on our doorsteps: Autumn Chestnuts

Arts & Culture

The chestnut, or the conker, is one of the iconic fruits of autumn. When it falls from the tree and splits from ...

Nature on our doorsteps: Galls galore

Nature on our doorsteps: Galls galore

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Galls are unusual growths that occur on the buds, stems, leaves and fruit of many plant species. They are caused by an ...

Nature on our doorsteps: Brambles, a treasure trove for biodiversity

Nature on our doorsteps: Brambles, a treasure trove for biodiversity

Arts & Culture

By Rosaleen Dwyer In autumntime, we make delicious jams and tarts from blackberries. Throughout the entire year however, dense patches of thorny ...

Nature on our Doorstep: Hiding in plain sight …

Nature on our Doorstep: Hiding in plain sight …

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IN NATURE, every creature has its place in a food chain. It either hunts and eats other creatures or it is prey ...

Nature on our doorsteps: Earwigs are useful!

Nature on our doorsteps: Earwigs are useful!

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Earwigs are distinctive insects with long, flattened, brown bodies tipped with pincers. Female Earwigs have straight pincers while the male’s pincers are ...

Nature on our doorsteps: Wasps, but not as we know them

Nature on our doorsteps: Wasps, but not as we know them

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While we are most familiar with the yellow and black stripey wasp which often causes panic when it buzzes around us, there ...

Nature on our doorsteps: Butterfly visitors

Nature on our doorsteps: Butterfly visitors

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Thirty five species of butterfly are recorded in Ireland. Of these, the Red Admiral and the Painted Lady are referred to as ...

Nature on our door steps: Hoverflies

Nature on our door steps: Hoverflies

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Hoverflies are flies that avoid predators by pretending to be wasps or bees, by Rosaleen Dwyer. Many hoverflies have bands of yellow, ...

Nature on our Doorsteps: Ragwort’s changing image

Nature on our Doorsteps: Ragwort’s changing image

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By Rosaleen Dwyer In August, Ragwort’s bright yellow daisy-like flowers are noticeable along roadsides, in grassy meadows, and on abandoned urban sites. ...

Nature on our doorsteps: Flying Ants

Nature on our doorsteps: Flying Ants

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When the weather in late July and early August is humid and still, swarms of flying ants can occur. While these annual ...