2020

The records for 2020 are given below. The first sighting of each species is indicated in bold.

Frank Smyth (23/01/2020)

Marsh Fritillary larval nests 82 on about half the breeding site at O242377, Bull Island, Co. Dublin. Sunny, 11C.

Myrtle Parker (27/02/2020)

Peacock 1 sunning itself on bracken at W 75409 57340, near Minane Bridge, Co. Cork. Sunny, breezy. The first free-flying, outdoor butterfly of 2020!

Pat Wyse (27/02/2020)

Marsh Fritillary larval clump basking at N 69269 26006  Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Sunny, breezy.

Catherine Elizabeth (04/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O195251, The Gallops, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin.

Myrtle Parker (05/03/2020)

Peacock 1 sunning itself on bracken at W 75409 57340, near Minane Bridge, Co. Cork. Sunny.

Myrtle Parker (06/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1  at W 78738 58140, Fountainstown, Co. Cork. Sunny.

Dennis Hawke (13/03/2020)

Peacock 2 at C196407 Croaghan, Tamney, Fanad, Co. Donegal. Seen in the garden. Information supplied by Maurice Simms of Lifford, Co. Donegal

Frank Smyth (20/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1 at O268372, Red Rock, Howth, Co. Dublin. Sunny, 8C.

Anthony Mooney (21/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 3 at N9134, Bryanstown, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
The first Small Tortoiseshell sighting of the year on my farm was on March 20.

Andrew Harding (22/03/2020)

Peacock 1 in the garden at N922425, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, calm, c.10C.

Jane and Jesmond Harding (22/03/2020)

Brimstone 2 at N 69549 26040, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Sunny, c.10C.

Brimstone 6 and 4 at N 68854 25647 and N 68327 25696 respectively,  Peacock 4 at N 68732 25604 all at Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 11C.

Pat Wyse and Shay Connolly (22/03/2020)

Brimstone 2 at N 69549 26040, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Sunny, c.10C.

Frank Smyth (22/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 2 at O268372, Red Rock, Howth, Co. Dublin. Sunny, breezy, 11C.

Joan Smyth (22/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock in the garden at O266379, St Fintans Park, Sutton, Co. Dublin.

Kilian Mullett (22/03/2020)

Comma 1 at T175919, Clara Vale Nature Reserve, Co. Wicklow. Sunny, light wind,  8.5C.

Michael Gray (22/03/2020)

Peacock 1, so tattered that it could not fly, it was basking on heathland at O 174220, Fairy Castle, Co. Dublin.

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 156260, Marlay Park, Co. Dublin.

David McIlveen (22/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at C 140 105, Conwall Cemetery, Conwall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Lesley Whiteside (22/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 atThe Meadows, Marlinstown, Mullingar N91 W7P4
N465-515.

Helen Cloney (22 /03/2020)

Comma 2 at S9041, at the edge of Killoughrum Forest, Caim, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Myrtle Parker (24/03/2020)

Speckled Wood 1 at W7572057329, Minane Bridge, Co. Cork.

Jesmond Harding (24/03/2020)

Purple Hairstreak ova 4 at O 10040 35474, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Jane Harding and Jesmond Harding (24/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at N 91934 42709, Mulhussey, Co. Meath.

Sean Geraty (24/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O045 353, Edmundsbury Court, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Sunny but with a cooling breeze, 13C.

Enda Flynn (24/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, at J221109, Greenore Port, Co. Louth. Sunny, 9C.

Jane Harding and Jesmond Harding (25/03/2020)

Brimstone c.6 including a female laying on Alder Buckthorn, Peacock 1 at N 68854 25647, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Frank Smyth (25/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 5 at O 268372, Red Rock, Howth, Co. Dublin. Sunny, 14C.

Sean Geraty (25/03/2020)

Peacock 1 at O045 353, Edmundsbury Court, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Sunny, warm, 18C.

Jennifer Strevens (25/03/2020)

Brimstone 1 in my garden at  N 08781 54190, Ballnacliffy, Glasson, Co. Westmeath. Sunny.

Daphne Shackleton (25/03/2020)

Peacock 1 at N67-85-, Mullagh, Co. Cavan.

Lesley Whiteside (25/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 atThe Meadows, Marlinstown, Mullingar N91 W7P4
N465-515. Sunny, 13C.

Frank Smyth (26/03/2020)

Peacock 7, Red Admiral 1 at O284366, cliff walk, Howth Co. Dublin. Sunny, 11C.

Michael Kane (26/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 2 sunning themselves at S 969 843, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow.

Enda and Ciarán Flynn (26/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at J177066, Castlecarra, Co. Louth. Sunny, c.11C.

Lesley Whiteside (26/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 atThe Meadows, Marlinstown, Mullingar N91 W7P4
N465-515.  Sunny, 15C.

Con O’Donnell (27/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 feeding on Comfrey at C648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Bright, sunny, c. 9C but with a cool easterly wind.

Helen Cloney (27/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 5, Comma 1 (in my garden) at S899409 Caim,
Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Maurice Simms (27/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at H331984 Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal.

Denise and Jesmond Harding (27/03/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 1  at N9836 along tow-path of the Royal Canal near Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Sunny, c.14C.

Kilian Mullett (04/04/2020)

Holly Blue 1 at O 23299 28078, Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Sunny, 11C.

David Mcilveen (04/04/2020)

Peacock 1 at C 186 294, Cratlagh, Milford, Co. Donegal.

Robert Aldwell (05/04/2020)

Peacock 1 feeding on Dandelions in my garden at O220286 Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Sunny with a strong SE wind, 15C.

David Mcilveen (05/04/2020)

Peacock 1 at C 183 286, Cratlagh, Milford, Co. Donegal. Sunny, breezy, 11C.

Maurice Simms (05/04/2020)

Peacock 2 in my garden at H330984 Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods, windy, c.14C.

Myrtle Parker (06/04/2020)

Red Admiral 1 at W 77703 57331,  Fountainstown, Co. Cork.

Pat Bell (06/04/2020)

Holly Blue 1 in my garden at N941370, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Paul Harding (06/04/2020)

Peacock 1 in my garden at O 15844 71947, Inse Bay, County Meath.

Maurice Simms (06/04/2020)

Peacock 1 feeding on Dandelion at H324984 Colerahouse Lane, Lifford Co. Donegal.  Sunny intervals, 14 C.

Fiona  McMahon (06/04/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 5 at O268372, Red Rock, Co. Dublin. Sunny, breezy, 13c.

Ian Whitehouse (07/04/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2,   at O 23465 24749 Cabinteely, Co. Dublin (18). Sunny, calm.

Michael Gray (07/04/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 14, Peacock 8,  Comma 1 at O 156260,  Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, co. Dublin (16).  Sunny, calm.

Michael Gray (07/04/2020)

Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2 in my garden at O 156272 , Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin (16).

Denise and Jesmond Harding (07/04/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 2 along the road from N 92078 42734 to N 91773 43855, Mulhussey, Co. Meath.

Joseph Harding (07/04/2020)

Peacock 1 sunning itself on bare ground at N 79582 13518, Rathcurragh, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Jesmond Harding (07/04/2020)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at N920424, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, light breeze, c.11C.

Con O’Donnell (07/04/2020)

Peacock 1 basking in my garden at C648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Niamh Lennon (07/04/2020)

Holly Blue 1, Peacock 1, Comma 1 in my garden between 1:40 and 2 pm at O168 287,  Churchtown, Co. Dublin. Warm and sunny.

Helen Cloney (07/04/2020)

Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3 in my garden at S899409 Caim, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Brian Power (07/04/2020)

Holly Blue 6, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 9, Comma 10, Red Admiral 10 at S8958, mixed woodland, Kildavin, Co. Carlow. Warm, sunny. Looking at these impressive figures, spring has arrived in County Carlow.

Frank Smyth (08/04/2020)

Peacock 1 in my garden at O266379, St Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Co. Dublin. Sunny 14C.

Robert Aldwell (08/04/2020)

Holly Blue 1 flying fast along the Privet hedge in my garden at O220286, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.  Warm, sunny, 15 C.

Fiona  McMahon (08/04/2020)

Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 19 at O268372, Red Rock, Co. Dublin. Sunny, calm, 15C.

Brian Power (08/04/2020)

Orange-tip 1, Comma ovum 1at S8958, mixed woodland, Kildavin, Co. Carlow. Warm, sunny.

Niamh Lennon (08/04/2020)

Orange-tip 1 at 1 pm, Holly Blue 1 at 1: 30 pm approx, at O168 287, Churchill, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.13C.