The spring sunshine highlights the intricate element of the fruiting our bodies on this lichen on a twig in our backyard. – Michael Cross, Belfast
Xanthoria parietina is a reasonably frequent lichen in Eire.
I noticed this nonetheless residing creature on Killiney seaside. – Mary Convery, Sandycove, Co Dublin
It’s a hermit crab, which lives within the shells of shellfish – usually, as right here, within the shell of the frequent whelk.
I discovered this crab on Harbour View seaside, in Kilbrittain, Co Cork. I grew up by the ocean however by no means noticed a crab with a tail and lengthy feelers like this. – Julie Doyle Daly, Ballinadee, Co Cork
This can be a masked crab, a feminine, because the male has one for much longer claw.
I noticed this magnificence on the lake in Bushy Park however no signal of a feminine. Do they breed in Eire or the place would he have come from? – Patrick Fitzgerald, Terenure, Dublin 6W
Mandarin geese have been established on the Dodder for greater than a decade. They got here initially from China and escaped from home collections.
I discovered this fusion of a mussel shell and an oyster shell on Dollymount Strand. Is that this uncommon? – Claire Wilde, Dublin 3
Sure, it’s uncommon, a puzzle to unravel.
I had no sooner cleaned out and rehung the nest field when a lodger, a blue tit, arrived and spent each evening in it. – Frank Curran, Leixlip, Co Kildare
Whereas strolling in St Enda’s Park I met this pleasant squirrel, who thought he had bagged a tasty mouthful.– Brian Swan, Churchtown, Dublin 14
We’ve got a water rail household nesting in our backyard. Yearly they arrive out to eat frog spawn from the pond exterior our window. – Colm de Bhaldraithe, Oileán Mhúinse, Co na Gaillimhe
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