Did these jelly blobs really fall during meteor showers? Readers’ nature queries


I got here throughout jelly blobs on a tree stump in Wicklow’s Glen of Imaal. Google means that they fell from the celebrities during meteor showers, however certainly that may’t be true? – Helen Lawless
You are proper; that’s an outdated wives’ story. They are the glands of the oviducts of frogs left uneaten by frog predators, so they need to style really horrible. On publicity to moisture, they swell up, burst and decompose into lots of jelly. With no different traces in any respect of frog close by, no surprise Google was confused.

Bootlace fungus

This is rising underneath a tree in an outdated church grounds. The photograph was taken on in November. – Daniel Challoner
These are clusters of Armillaria mellea – the bootlace or honey fungus – which causes root rot illness in bushes and shrubs. It colonises wooden via black cord-like constructions and is usually a harmful pathogen in gardens and woodland.

Common sea slater
Common sea slater

I discovered this on the seashore close to Newcastle, Co Wicklow, and may’t discover it in any of my books. Can you inform me what it’s please? – Angela Mason
It is the widespread sea slater, Ligia oceanica, a small crustacean that lives excessive on the higher shore. It has 14 legs.

Male bush cricket
Male bush cricket

While clearing leaves from a drain, this inexperienced insect escaped up the wall, sadly with out half its again leg. What is it? – Anita Fennelly
It is a male bush cricket, which has antennae means longer than its physique and has its listening to organs on its entrance legs. It has been recorded within the coastal counties of the south and west.


I usually discover these guys in my porch – nearly at all times useless! What are they and why do they flip up useless? – Gerard Lovett
These are woodlice, and clearly your porch doesn’t swimsuit them. They can’t survive very dry situations, or possibly you’re washing the porch with one thing that’s toxic to them.

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