Scenes from the Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is just a loop road that goes around the Kerry peninsula in the southwestern corner of Ireland. My aunt and uncle and little cousin River were visiting Ireland, so I tagged along for their tour of this peninsula. The scenery was absolutely beautiful, and it makes me want to go back […]

Rook photos and “Black Rook in Rainy Weather”, by Sylvia Plath

This rook was totally hamming it up for me when I was in Dingle a few weeks ago. What a cutie! I feel like most people don’t like rooks but I think they are beautiful This guy was loving the camera Still, that’s a wicked looking beak… I asked my friend (who is excellent at […]

Lacewing larva with a backpack

Lacewing larvae are predatory, and they are bug bros because they eat pest insects like aphids. They can bite, though, so be wary! Look at those big jaws! This group of lacewing larvae carry detritus on their backs, which has been suggested to camouflage them among their prey, like a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Cool […]

A Howth mining bee colony

Hiking the Howth trail back in June, my ento friends and I came across another mining bee nesting aggregation! Plus, I got to see my first ever Irish Sphecodes, which was super exciting. Most of the mining bees looked a lot like the A. nigroaenea like the other large aggregation I found, but there was […]

Wood mouse friend and the death of my macro lens

Can you spot him hiding in the nettles? This guy was checking me out while I was sampling in the field the other day! Always fun to see urban wildlife. He gradually got so comfortable with me that he ended up sitting right next to my foot, munching on seeds while I was sampling. But […]

Green eyes, long legs, Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

I love these little long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae), always one of my favourite fly families. This species is distinctive because a) it’s really common b) the males have white wing tips and c) they do a little mating dance. This is Poecilobothrus nobilitatus