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Finalist Larry Doherty Wins RTE’s Irish Flora & Fauna Photo Competition

Eye on Nature” Wildlife Photographic Competition

Congratulations to Thurles, Co. Tipperary photographer Mr Larry Doherty, who has won RTÉ’s ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ and ‘The Today Show’ photography competition, announced today.

His macro photograph of an orange ladybird was originally photographed at the Cabragh Wetlands site, situated south of Thurles town.

Mr Doherty was one of only 12 photographers, shortlisted from some 7,000 entries to the competition, and will now receive a trophy and a cash prize of €1,000, for his talented efforts.

Orange ladybirds are a bright orange in appearance, with light brown antennae and between 14 &16 creamy white spots on its outer wing casing. The edges of their wing cases are slightly transparent. They grow in size up to 5mm, feeding mainly on mildew that forms on leaves, together often with the leaves themselves and sometimes small aphids.

Keep an eye out for our orange friend, during the months between March and October, especially on the leaves of ash or sycamore trees.

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