Send your butterfly and moth records to us by email to:

Let us know:

your name/s,

date of find,

species found,

the life stage/s found,

numbers seen,

location the butterfly/moth was found (e.g. townland name, site name, county),

six figure grid reference, including the letter identifying the 100,000 metre grid square in which the location lies (see or Discovery Series maps)

weather conditions

and any other interesting comments you wish to provide.

Example: John Smith, 14/06/12, 14 Small Blues, 15 Small Heaths, Portrane sand dunes, O254515, County Dublin. Small Blues feeding on Kidney Vetch and Creeping Thistle. Sunny, light breeze, around 18 degrees Celcius.

It will be greatly appreciated if recorders send in their records by listing the butterflies observed in the following order:

Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Common Swallowtail, Wood White, Cryptic Wood White, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Small Blue, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, Grayling, Hedge Brown/Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Large Heath, Monarch.


Records Policy

Butterfly Conservation Ireland may publish the details you send on this website unless you ask us not to reveal the record. Sensitive records may be published without grid references included.  The records will be stored and will be used to monitor range and distribution trends and to raise conservation concerns. The records for 2017-2021 will be used to compile an All-Ireland Butterfly Atlas which will be published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre.