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by donegalwildman
Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Insect ID
Replies: 7
Views: 1939

Re: Insect ID

It's certainly an Ichneumon wasp, but you can't id these from photographs: the 3000 or so species that we have in the British Isles converge on a small number of colour patterns, even across families. The only place these lay eggs is inside larvae of moths, butterflies and sawflies.
by donegalwildman
Wed May 19, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Horsechestnut (probably) leaf miner moth (maybe)
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Horsechestnut (probably) leaf miner moth (maybe)

Yup....the Horse-Chestnut-specific micromoth Cameraria ohridella has been progressing northwards for a few years. Any parasitica haven't yet caught up with them, but when they do it will be the usual see-sawing act where either the host or the parasite is around in larger numbers at any one time. Th...
by donegalwildman
Wed May 19, 2010 11:19 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Wasps
Replies: 30
Views: 5361

Re: Wasps

I'm with cobnut. Just because you want a bbq doesn't mean you have the right to kill wasps. All creatures have their niche in our ecosystem, and it's up to us to coexist with them. Decoy jam works, and I'll try the paper bag trick next time they want to break into my party.(btw, I'm often asked just...
by donegalwildman
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: more plant ID please...
Replies: 14
Views: 2110

Re: more plant ID please...

The pulled up specimens are Himalayan Balsam - Impatiens glandulifera. Whoever pulled them up knew exactly what they were doing. This is an extremely invasive plant with no predators in UK/Ireland and should be removed as soon as it's found. If you don't remove it, it will take over, killing local s...
by donegalwildman
Wed May 06, 2009 6:58 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Can anyone help?
Replies: 8
Views: 2273

Re: Can anyone help?

There are a few bumblebees with orange/red tails. Have a look at:

http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bumblebees_id.htm
by donegalwildman
Wed May 06, 2009 6:52 am
Forum: Mushroom and Fungus Identification
Topic: mushroom identification - possibly urgent
Replies: 9
Views: 2479

Re: mushroom identification - possibly urgent

Yup, Scarlet Elf Cup - Sarcoscypha sp.

Supposed to be edible, but not worthwhile. Don't worry about getting ill by just touching a fungus - I regularly use taste and smell in addition to visual clues when identifying them.
by donegalwildman
Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from me
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Hello from me

Just saying hello. :salute: I live in Co. Donegal, Ireland and I try to be self-sufficient in vegetables. I also study wildlife fairly seriously (see http://www.donegal-wildlife.blogspot.com). My project for this year is to self-build a polytunnel about 20' x 15' or so. I do eat wild plants and fung...