Harmless sawfly stirs a hornet’s nest in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Advertisement The insect found in Limerick last week, which was identified as a Great Pine Sawfly.The insect found in Limerick last week, which was identified as a Great Pine Sawfly.The mysterious insect, that a city shop assistant on Cruises Street feared was a killer Asian Hornet last week, has been identified by John Breen of the University of Limerick’s Department of Life Sciences.“It is not a hornet. There is nothing to worry about. He is not a he – ‘he’ is a she. What looks like a giant sting is in fact a tube for laying eggs. It is an interesting species. I prefer to call it the Great Pine Sawfly, sometimes it is called a wood wasp, but it is not a wasp – it’s a sawfly and the scientific name is Urocerus gigas,” John explained.“The male of the species is not as spectacular looking as it doesn’t have an egg-laying tube. Even though that egg-laying tube looks dangerous and sting-like, these insects are harmless to humans.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Its larvae live in dead wood — not decaying wood, just wood, which is a few years dead.“It is good practice in forests to leave some cut tree trunks lying around to provide a home for species like this”, he advised.Female Ichneumon Wasp which lays her eggs into the larvae of the Great Pine Sawfly. The “sting” is an egg-laying tube. Picture taken on the South Circular Road, Limerick, August 2005. Picture: John Breen.“Great Pine Sawflies seem to be more common this year – just last week, a Cork radio station contacted me as someone had seen three of these in his garage. In that case it was likely that there was untreated, or badly treated, timber used: one might fly in to a garage, but three would be unusual. Or maybe he had a pile of firewood which was a few years old?”“So, the larvae develop in dead pine wood. This species has a parasite, an Ichneumon wasp which has an even more spectacular egg-laying tube. She lays her eggs into the larvae of the Great Pine Sawfly, and they live on the sawfly larvae.“The sting found in bees, wasps and ants evolved from the egg laying tube such as those in the sawflies and ichneumon wasps. That is why male bees, or drones, do not have any sting as they never had an egg-laying tube”, he added.by Alan [email protected] Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin TAGSAsian hornetGreat Pine SawflylimerickUniversity of Limerick’s Department of Life Sciences Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Previous articleSoccer – Limerick sides ready for FAI Cup clashesNext articleInvestigation into illegal dumping in Thomondgate Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook NewsHarmless sawfly stirs a hornet’s nest in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 19, 2016 1319 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

West Florida Cross Country with strong showing in Gainesville

first_img Share West Florida Cross Country with strong showing in Gainesville Sept. 7, 2007GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In an event that included some powerhouse Division I programs, The West Florida Cross Country teams performed very well on Friday. Coach Matt Dobson was really excited about the performances, “all of the guys (men’s team) ran faster than last week and many set PR’s for the run.” For the Women, Diana Sitar ran her fastest 5k yet, at 19:03 and was running right along with the top D-I runners.”I was real proud of Diana, and Margaret Harter and Kelli Midden turned in great runs also,” exclaimed Dobson. “Our girls were missing two of our top runners and still had an outstanding showing.” The Women finished second of all the D-II schools, trailing only the University of Tampa. UWF and Tampa are among the schools that are considered to have a shot at the national title.The Men’s squad was the top D-II school in the meet, due to Nick Maedel and Justin Gates turning in races of over a minute faster than previously. “Nick has been having some great workouts and ran a great race today. However, I might have been proudest of Justin Gates, who is a Junior and all his hard work has finally paid off.” Dobson continued to be proud of the fact that much of his team had been battling sickness, but it didn’t deter them today. “We are where we want to be right now, and I think have the formula (for training runs) that will work for this team.”Freshmen Nick Maedel was the top UWF men’s runner with a 27:08 for the 8k run, good for 25th overall. Junior Justin Gates (27:23) and Junior Eric Mayes (27:35) were right behind. Freshmen Reynolds Griner (28:09) and Freshmen Jared Black (28:12) rounded out the Argos top five runners. Meanwhile, two other Freshmen were not far behind them, as Josh McEachin (28:25) and Andrew Maedel (28:32), ran very well also.For the women, Senior Diana Sitar finished 14th overall, while Junior Margaret Harter (20:10) was 37th, and Freshmen Kelli Midden (20:27) was 41st overall out of 175 runners in the meet. Freshmen Ericka Anderson (21:17) and Senior Lindsey Failing (22:31) rounded out the Argos top five runners.The University of Florida was the overall team champion for both the men’s 8k run and the women’s 5k run. Enoch Nadler of Florida won the men’s race in 24:48, while Lindsay Sundell of the Gators was the women’s champion in the 5k with a time of 17:41. The Argos will compete again next week in the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tennessee. That race will also have a mix of Division I and Division II schools, and provides some great competition for the Argos. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Read why Aussie bowler Megan Schutt ‘just hates playing India’

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/GettyAdvertisement wiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eajn5g0r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cfmoWould you ever consider trying this?😱4tlCan your students do this? 🌚9gRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian Women’s cricket team has been on a marvellous run in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Under the leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur, the ladies have made history with reaching the final of the tournament for the first time, and the supporters are yearning to see them lifting their maiden T20 World Cup trophy as India takes on the hosts in the final match. However, Aussie bowler Megan Schutt has dropped a bombshell, revealing that she ‘hates’ playing against India!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/GettyBefore the commencement of the world cup, Australia and India went head to head against each other along with England in the Tri-Nation Women’s T20 Series. While Aussies came out victorious from the match, it bears some foul memories Megan Schutt.As Australia won the toss and chose to field first, Schutt opened up the bowling, but faced the wrath of India’s superstar opener Smriti Mandhana and the young teenage sensation Shafali Verma.Advertisement Not so fond of her memories against the Indian openers, Schutt stated that she doesn’t like the fixture against Women in Blue.“I just hate playing India- they’ve got the wood on me,” she said in a recent interview.Advertisement Mandhana, who landed a swashbuckling 23-ball-35, knocked a six in the first delivery from Schutt, followed by a boundary from Verma. The pacer gave away 16 runs in the over, and adding up to a total of 26 runs from 4 overs bowled.The 27 year old continued: “Smriti and Verma have got me covered. That six in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I’ve ever been hit for.”Schutt faced the wrath of the Indian bating order throughout the remnant of the series. In the second match and third match, she gave away another 26 and 28 runs respectively. This caused her international T20 economy rate to rise to 6.93 from 5.98.“There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers,” having the experience against India for handful of times before the final match, Schutt is confident about some necessary change ups in the bowling lineup.Although, Schutt added that she isn’t confident to take the pitch in the opening overs, considering the beating she received from their rivals in the recent past.“Clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the powerplay. They find me quite easy to play,” she concluded.The final, a mirror copy of the inaugural match of the tournament, is on this Sunday at Melbourne Cricket Ground.Also read-Sourav Ganguly gives massive update on IPL 2020 amid Coronavirus fears Advertisementlast_img read more