2022

The records for 2022 are below. The first reported sighting of each species in the year is indicated in bold.

Robert Aldwell (13/01/2022)

Red Admiral 1 at O22042837 at the church car park, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. At about 12.30 as I walked along the pavement a butterfly flew past me or were my old eyes deceiving me?! Although there was full sunlight it was only 6 C. But it landed on some metal skirting and began to bask. It was a Red Admiral, a small example in very good condition. January 13th is the earliest in the year I have ever seen one.

Ciarán Flynn and Enda Flynn (16/01/2022)

Peacock 1 at J 10748 17222 at Anglesey Mountain, Co. Louth (323m). Light breeze, sunny, 5C but felt warmer in the sunshine. Seen basking on a rock at around 11:30.

Myrtle Parker (14/02/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 in my garden at W7658, Fountainstown, Co. Cork.

Frank Smyth (25/02/2022)

Marsh Fritillary larval clumps 24 at O 242377, Bull Island, Co. Dublin. Sunny, 12C.

BCI work party (26/02/2022)

Marsh Fritillary larval clumps 2, Ruby Tiger larva 1 at N 68638 25548, Lullybeg Nature Reserve, Co. Kildare. Cool, strong westerly breeze, cloudy.

Con O’Donnell (01/03/2022)

Peacock 1 at C648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co Donegal. Very good condition flying on the sheltered side of the house. Although car temperature only 6 C in sun locally perhaps double that.

Frank Smyth ( 01/03/2022 )

Peacock 2, at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, Calm, 8 C. One nectaring on hebe, the other basking on a wall.

Ethna Diver (01/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 on dandelions at G 817590 Bundoran, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 9-10 C.

Pat Wyse (03/03/2022)

Brimstone 2 at N69212-26015, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, calm, 10C. Spring is here!

Myrtle Parker (03/03/2022)

Peacock 1 at 51°45’58.2″N 8°17’56.7″W, Doonavannig, Co. Cork. Sunny, calm.

Frank Smyth ( 03/03/2022 )

Small Tortoiseshell 2 on Dandelion at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, light breeze, 9C.

Stephen Bolger, Michael Bolger (04/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 2 at S782862, private garden, Skenagun, Castledermot, Co. Kildare. First butterfly record of the year in the local area. Calm,  sunny, 14C.

Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 2, transect from S781860 to S781862 to S780860 to S779857, Mahon’s Farm, Skenagun, Castledermot, Co.Kildare. Sunny, calm, 15C.

Frank Smyth (05/03/2022)

Red Admiral 1, slightly worn, trying to lay at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, stiff northerly breeze, 7C.

Patricia Daly (05/03/2022)

Small White 1 at O 206 509, Turvey Nature Reserve, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c8C.

This is early for the Small White. During the four years 2018-2021, the first report of the Small White to this recording scheme was April 19th, 6th, 8th and March 31st respectively.

Joan Smyth (10/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 263379, Sutton Dingy Club, Sutton, Dublin 13. Stiff S/E wind, Sunny, 9C.

Frank Smyth (17/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, breezy 13C.

Aaron Foley (17/03/2022)

Comma 1 feeding on Common Dandelion in a wild garden at 53.3779190, -6.2254289, Collins Avenue, Whitehall, Dublin 9.

Michael Keating (17/03/2022)

Speckled Wood 1 in my garden at O 1539, Ballymun, Co. Dublin.

Anthony Mooney (17/03/2022}

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at N9134, Bryanstown, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (18/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 3 at c.12:00 noon at O 172289, Rosemount Estate, Dundrum, Co. Dublin.  Bright sun and 12C – sheltered and lots of nettles.

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at c.2:20 pm at O 217288 Rockfield Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Sunny but cold wind and about 10 C.

Con O’Donnell (18/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 3 at C 648408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.  Sunny and about 12 C.

Michael Gray (18/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 2 (one landed on me) at O 156260, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.

Mary Jennings (18/03/2022)

Comma 1 in my garden at N9337, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Sunny, c.13C.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (18/03/2022)

Angle Shades 1 at O 22052866 Blackrock, Co Dublin. Resting on the bottom of my front door.

Anthony Mooney (19/03/2022)

Comma 2 one basking on a hedge and the other on mud at N 9134  at Bryanstown, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Sunny and about 11 C.

Geraldine Nee (19/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 5 at T037 903, Forest Road on Southwest slope of Lough Mountain, Wicklow. Sunny but breezy – butterflies were located on a sheltered section of the road.

Red Admiral 1 at T056 861, Garden Fence beside Iron Bridge, Aughavannagh, Wicklow. Looked in reasonably good condition. Sunny – the temperature in sun around 12 deg.

Carol Malcolm (19/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O2250, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.10C.

Maurice Simms (19/03/2022)

Peacock 1 seen on Purple Bowles Wallflower at Combermore, Townparks, Lifford, Co. Donegal. H330984, Sunny, South-east breeze.

Eamonn McGlinchey (19/03/2022)

Peacock 4 at C 187 205, Ballyare Wood, Ramelton Co. Donegal.

Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 10, Speckled Wood 2 at C 157 116, Sallaghagrane, Upper Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms and Dennis Golden (20/03/2022)

Peacock 1 basking in the shelter of a wheel rut on a bog track at C 245353 on Knockalla Mountain, near Kerrykeel, Co. Donegal.  Cloudy, fresh south-east wind, 9C.

Joan and Frank Smyth (20/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, stiff moderate wind, 10C.

Pat Wyse (20/03/2022)

Brimstone 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2 at N77346 34006, Donadea, Mucklon, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 11C.

Con O’Donnell (21/03/2202)

Small Tortoiseshell 3 at C 648408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle Co. Donegal. Sunny and warmer due to a drop in wind.

Maurice Simms (21/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 2 at H 329983, Townparks, Lifford, Co. Donegal. 12C. Moderate southeast wind, sunny.

Jesmond Harding (22/03/2022)

Purple Hairstreak eggs 6 at O 100355 and Comma 1 male basking on leaf litter in an oak wood at O 10661 35732, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.11C.

Frank Smyth (22/03/2022)

Peacock 1 at O 266326, St. Fintans Park, Sutton Dublin 13 in my garden. Sunny, calm, 13C.

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 1 at O 266326, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny 13 C.

Robert Aldwell (22/03/2022)

Peacock 1 at O 22052862 Blackrock, Co. Dublin in my garden on a dandelion. Sunny and 15 C

Small Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 1 flying around a sheltered nettle bed, basking and chasing one another at O 21712888, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Petra Oorthuijs (22/03/2022)

Comma 1 basking on dry vegetation at S 68791 91909, the Barrow Way, Co. Kildare. A sunny day along the banks of the River Barrow.

Maurice Simms (22/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 7 on Common Dandelion and Purple Bowles wallflower at H330983/4, H329983 & H327982, at Combermore and adjoining fields at Townparks, Lifford, Co. Donegal.

Pat Wyse (23/03/2022)

Brimstone 15, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 1, Comma 1 between N64533-22262 and N66688-25907, Killyguire/Clonbulloge, Co. Kildare/Offaly, Sunny, light breeze, 16C.

Frank Smyth (23/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 274370, Carrickbrack, Howth, Co. Dublin. Sunny 13C.

Con O’Donnell (23/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 13, Peacock 11 along a stretch of about 1 km at C 606385 Breda Glen River Walk, Moville, Co. Donegal. Warm and calm – a big number for this area in March.

Robert Aldwell (23/03/2022)

Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 219292, Newtown Avenue, Blackrock Co. Dublin. Small White a pristine female feeding in a garden on Grape Hyacinths. Warm and 16C.

Helen Cloney (23/03/2022)

Holly Blue 1, Peacock 1, Comma 2 in the garden and adjoining wood at S 9040 Caim, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Stephen Bolger, Michael Bolger (23/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 2 Transect from N364065 to N347056, Ridge of Cappard, Ballyfin, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Warm, Sunny, 16C, force 2 to 3 south-east breeze.

Brimstone 7, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 2, transect from N376052 to N379057, Ballyhuppahane, Co. Laois. Sunny, Calm, Warm, 17C.

Brimstone 9, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 4, Comma 1 transect from S615991 River Stradbally Bridge, Ballymanus, Co. Laois to S653974, Moatstown, Athy, Co. Kildare. Sunny, warm, calm, 18C

Brimstone 6, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 3, Comma 2, transect from S696973 to S696991 Ardmore, Athy, Co. Kildare. Calm, warm, 16C.

Pat Wyse (24/03/2022)

Brimstone 3 seen N69783 -N31889 along Ballyhagan Road to Ticknevin, Co. Kildare. Sunny, calm, 16C

Jesmond Harding (24/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Comma 1 at N 91477 41875, Ballymagillan, Co. Meath. Sunny, 16C. All three were territorial males.

Geraldine Nee (24/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 on laurel flowers in my back garden, at O 254 596, Skerries, Co. Dublin. Reasonably calm, warm, about 13 degrees C.

Jim Fitzharris (24/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 120267, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Mild, calm; sunny; 14°C.

Geraldine Nee (25/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 2 on nettles at O 203 509. Turvey Nature Reserve, Co. Dublin. Calm, about 12 degrees C.

Maurice Simms (25/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1 at H 330983/4 & H329983 at Combermore and adjoining lands at Townparks, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny and calm around 15C. The Speckled Wood is the earliest I have seen here since I started recording over 20 years ago. I note there was a Speckled Wood record at Ballymun on 17th March last.

Note: In Ireland and Europe, the Speckled Wood passes the winter in either the larval or pupal stage. It is the only Irish species to have this dual over-wintering strategy. Our earliest records of the adult Speckled Wood are of those individuals that passed the colder months as pupae.

Con O’Donnell (25/03/2202)

Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1 at C 648408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Newly emerged female Large White flying around the garden.

Frank Smyth (26/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 6, Comma 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, calm, 16 C.

Small Tortoiseshell 2 at O 274370, Carrickbrack, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Ciarán Flynn and Enda Flynn (26/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 in our garden (our first 2022 garden butterfly) at J 177 066, Castlecarragh, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Sunny, 14C.

Frank Keoghan (26/03/2022)

Comma 1 in my garden at O 1639, Santry, Co. Dublin.

Michael Gray (26/03/2022)

Comma 1 female at O 156272 Llewellyn estate, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Geraldine Nee (26/03/2022)

Peacock 2 on the heath at S991 905, on the south side of conifer plantation on open ground, Ballinfoyle, Co. Wicklow. Breezy, warm 14 degrees C.

Joseph Harding (26/03/2022)

Brimstone 1, Small White 1, Peacock 1 at N 53665 06632, Emo Court, Co. Laois.

Jim Fitzharris (26/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 120267, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm; sunny; 16°C.

Holly Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 2 from O 153 268 to O 155 261, Marlay Park, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm; sunny; 16°C

Jim Fitzharris (27/03/2022)

Small White 1, Red Admiral 1 at S 937 077, Rathangan, Co. Wexford. Mild, slight breeze; sunny; 13°C.

Michael Gray (27/03/2022)

Holly Blue 1 in my garden at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Robert Aldwell (27/03/022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1, at O 216289, Rockfield Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Con O’Donnell (27/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 2 at C 6744, Portkill, Inishowen Head, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Sunny 12 C.

Maurice Simms (27/03/2022)

Peacock 1, H 330984 in the garden at 6.15 pm at Combermore, Lifford Co.Donegal. Sunny around 12C.

Maurice Simms (28/03/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 6, H330984, H324982, H328983 at Combermore, and adjoining fields at Townparks, Lifford, Co.Donegal. Sunny, 15C. Calm.

Frank Smyth (28/03/2022)

Small White (male) 1, Green-veined White (male) 1, Small Tortoiseshell 10 ( 1 aberration, probably ab. velata), Peacock 4, Comma 4 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, light N/E breeze, 14 C.

Robert Aldwell (28/03/2022)

Holly Blue 1, male basking on a south-facing privet hedge in my garden at O 220286 Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Jim Fitzharris (28/03/2022)

Peacock 1 at O 183 245, Fernhill, Co. Dublin. Mild, calm; sunny; 14°C.

Niamh Lennon (29/03/2022)

Holly Blue 1 seen at 2 pm at O15150 29863, Zion Road, Rathgar, Co. Dublin. Sunny.

Frank Smyth ( 01/04/2022 )

Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 7 ( 2 pairs mating ), Comma 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, chill breeze, 7 C.

Jim Fitzharris (03/04/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 121 282, Dodder Linear, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm; sunny; 14°C.

Stephen Bolger, Michael Bolger (03/04/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 4, Speckled Wood 1 (newly emerged) on my transect from S782860 to S779860 to S775863 to S778860 to S779857 Mahon’s Farm, Skenagun, Castledermot, Co. Kildare. Sunny, northerly breeze force 3 to 5, sunny, 50% cloud cover, 15C.

Frank Smyth (08/04/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 237411, Baldoyle Race Park, Dublin 13 Some sun and hail, 8C.

Con O’Donnell (09/04/2022)

Speckled Wood 1 at C 6741 Carrowtrasna, Greencastle, Co. Donegal – warmer than of late with about 10 C but feeling higher in sheltered sunny areas.

Akke Simms and Maurice Simms (13/04/2022)

Peacock 1 at G963851, Ardnamona Wood, Lough Eske, County Donegal. Bright periods.

Maurice Simms (14/04/2022)

Speckled Wood 1 at H330984 Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods.

Con O’Donnell (14/04/2022)

Green-veined White 1 at C 608408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Cloudy, bright, c.12C.

Frank Smyth (15/04/2022)

Green-veined White 5, Orange-tip 6 (5 male) at G 871684, Lr. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. Mostly cloudy with showers and short sunny intervals.16C.

Green-veined White 1 at G 911607, Knather near Ballyshannon Co. Donegal.

Ethna Diver (15/04/2022)

Speckled Wood 1 at C218083, Knockbrack, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Michael Gray (15/04/2022)

Green-veined White 1 (pristine, probably emerged in my garden), Holly Blue 1 at O 156272 Rathfarnham Dublin 16.

Jim Fitzharris (15/04/2022)

Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 2 at S 912 108, Johnstown, Duncormick, Wexford. Warm, calm; sunny; 16°C

Red Admiral 2, Speckled Wood 2 at S 937 077, Reahouse, Killag, Wexford. Mild, calm; sunny; 15°C

Con O’Donnell (16/04/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Orange Tip 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2 at C 606385 Breda River Walk, Moville, Co. Donegal.

Sean Feehan (18/04/2022)

Speckled Wood 9 around 10:30 am between X 30703 93514 and X 30747 92913, Ballinacourty, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Warm sunshine on the track which is sheltered from the cool breeze.

Small White 1, Holly Blue 1, Peacock 7 (along a track nectaring on dandelion) Comma 1 (nectaring on gorse) at 12.30 pm between X 21487 97259 and X 21505 97053, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Cloudy with intermittent spells of warm sunshine.

Frank Smyth (18/04/2022)

Orange-tip 2, Green Hairstreak 7 at G 838648, near Creevy Pier, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Moderate SW breeze, sunny spells, 12C.

Andrew and Jesmond Harding (19/04/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip female 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1 between N 91782 42685 and N 91347 41709, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Mainly sunny, calm, c.12C.

Maurice Simms (18/04/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Peacock 1, at G 691960, the Mass House, Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, sheltered from the fresh south-west wind,15C.

Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 6, at G 673974, Eden Wood, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 12C.

Peacock 1, at the New Line (old famine road), at G 676979, Kiltourish, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, fresh south-west wind.

Maurice Simms (19/04/2022)

Green-veined White 9, Orange Tip 5, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1 from G 714971 to G 711969, at Kilclooney Lane, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 11C.

Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1, at G 787988and G 789988 Mulinamin, Gwebarra, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 12C.

Holly Blue 5, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1, at G 799994, G 801/2/995, Cleengort, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 12C.

Con O’Donnell (19/04/2022)

Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 4, at C 648408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 5, Orange Tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 7, Speckled Wood 5 at C 606385, Breda Glen River Walk, Moville, Co Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (19/04/2022)

Small White 1 at O 261 391, Sutton, Dublin. Mild, breezy, sunny; 14°C.

Peacock 2 at O 273 370 to O 291 372, Howth, Co. Dublin. Warm, breezy, sunny; 16°C

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (20/04/22)

Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 2, at C213084, Knockbrack, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 3, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 2, at G963845, Ardnamona Woods, Donegal.

Claire Sullivan (20/04/2022)

Comma 1 at O 1228, along River Dodder, Co. Dublin. Sunny, calm, c.14C.

Maurice Simms (20/04/2022)

Peacock 4, at G696986 and G703985 Pound Cottage and Doon Road, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny spells, fresh easterly wind, 13C.

Speckled Wood 4, at G698980 and G699981 near Lough-a-Doon, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Hazy sun, fresh east wind, 12C.

Jim Fitzharris (20/04/2022)

Holly Blue 2 males at O 120 267, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm; sunny; 16°C

Holly Blue 1 at O 248 282, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Mild, calm; sunny; 14°C

Maurice Simms (21/04/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Orange Tip 1, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1 at G673974, Eden garden and wood, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, fresh easterly wind, 18C.

Green-veined White 2, Peacock 1, at G682955, Tramore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, Fresh east wind 17C.

Green Hairstreaks 3, Peacock 1 at G680948 and G685943, Carrickalahagh, Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg Co. Donegal 17C.

Michael Gray (21/04/2022)

Holly Blue 6, Orange-tip 2 (one male, one female), Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 5, Comma 1 (male), Speckled Wood 5 at O 156 260, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (21/04/2022)

Holly Blue 4, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1 at C302 305, Killygarvan, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 3, Orange-tip 2, Peacock 3 at C268 323, Creeveoughter, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal.

Grace Meenan (22/04/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at B 8547 Tory Island, Co. Donegal.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (22/04/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Orange Tip 1, Holly Blue 5, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 2 at C0323, Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (22/04/2022)

Green-veined White 8, Orange Tip 2, Green Hairstreak 1, Holly Blue 7, Peacock 24, Speckled Wood 1 at G 932607, Knather Wood, near Ballyshannon, Donegal. Sunny, 16C.

Maurice Simms (22/04/2022)

Green-veined White 7, Peacock 8, Speckled Wood 3 at B883068 to B890068 and 892066, Aderwaal Glen, Doohary, Co. Donegal. Weak hazy sun. North-East breeze, 16C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (23/04/2022)

Green-veined White 6, Speckled Wood 2 at C 255004 near Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (23/04/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Orange-tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 5, Speckled Wood 1 at G690/1/960, G 689959, the Mass House, Sheskinmore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Fresh north-east wind, 16C sunny.

Orange-tip 3, Peacock 2, at G689988 Quarry Road, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Fresh north-east wind, sunny, 16C.

Peacock 3, at G689988 and G696986, Pound Cottage and Doon road, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Northeast wind, Sunny 16C.

Green-veined White 2, Green Hairstreak 1, Peacock1, at G703989, Still Lough, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny Fresh north-east wind 16C.

Jim Fitzharris (23/04/2022)

Brimstone 2 males, Orange-tip 1 male, Speckled Wood 4 from S 416 785 to S 419 776, Castlewood to Coursewood, Durrow, Co. Laois. Mild, breezy; sunny; 14°C.

Myrtle Parker (23/04/2022)

Clouded Yellow 1 at W 74326 56744, Minane Bridge, Co. Cork.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (23/04/2022)

Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 5, Peacock 2 at C119 161, Trentagh Letterkenny Co. Donegal.

Holly Blue 2 at C202 194 Ards, Ramelton, Co. Donegal.

Holly Blue 2 at C139 186 Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal.

Eleanor Hort (24/04/2022)

Green-veined White 7, Small Tortoiseshell 3 at G 67288925, Meentashesk, Carrick, Co. Donegal.

Peggy O’Donnell (24/04/2022)

Holly Blue 2 at B 8019, Glentornan, Dunlewey, Co. Donegal.

Chris Ingram (24/04/2022)

Orange-tip 3, Holly Blue 2, Peacock 2 at G 9684 Ardnamona, Lough Eske, Co. Donegal.

Anne Cowley (24/04/2022)

Comma 2 at N 88513 12668, Harristown Common, Co. Kildare. Sunny, easterly wind, c.13C.

Jim Fitzharris (24/04/2022)

Holly Blue 1 at O 153 268, Marlay Park, Dublin. Mild, breezy; sunny; 15°C

Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3 at Dodder Linear Park, Dublin. Mild, breezy; sunny; 15°C

Stephen Franck (24/04/2022)

Orange-tip 5 at O 20862 06079, near Vartry Reservoir Upper, Altidore, Co. Wicklow.

Frank Smyth (25/04/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 9 at O 291366 on Cliff Path Howth between Lions Head and the Baily. Sunny 12C.

Craig Ayers (25/04/2022)

Green-veined White 30, Orange-tip 20, Peacock 25, Speckled Wood 05 at G 849831, Lettermore, Inver, Co. Donegal. Locally 15 C. Temperature in sun quite variable depending on the shelter. Most things late this year but the cuckoo has been heard here on several days recently on the south side of the Blue Stacks.

Maurice Simms (25/04/2022)

Green-veined White 5, Peacock 3, Wall Brown 2, at G 679965/6 and G 678965, the Chapel, Kiltourish, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny spells, 15C.
My earliest first-generation Wall Brown. I heard my first Cuckoo at Kiltourish today.

Frank Smyth (26/04/2022)

Holly Blue 4, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 8, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 4 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, calm, 12C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (26/04/2022)

Green Hairstreak 1, Speckled Wood 4 at C 11003115 on a bog track with lots of gorse and a little willow near Glen, Creeslough, Co. Donegal. Hairstreak was a small male feeding on Dandelion. Very unusual habitat for Speckled Wood. Cloudy and 13C.

Maurice Simms (26/04/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 3, Speckled Wood 2 at G801/2/995 Cleengort Lane, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal Cloudy with glimpses of Sun, 15C.

Jim Fitzharris (26/04/2022)

Holly Blue 3 males together at O 120 267, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm; sunny; 16°C.

Maurice Simms (27/04/2022)

Orange-tip 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2 at H330984 and H329983, Combermore and adjoining Lane, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Cloudy with bright periods.

Con O’Donnell (27/04/2022)

Green-veined White 6, Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 5, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 3 at B 9118 Dunlewey, Gweedore, Co. Donegal. Sunny and 13C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (27/04/2022)

Green-veined White 25, Orange-tip 6, Peacock 10 at C 23880512 to 23860509 Mongorry, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. 12C. Sunny and calm. Altitude about 200m.

David McKay (27/04/2022)

Comma 1 female at N093 396 Creggan Bog Area, County Westmeath. Sunny, 17C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (27/04/2022)

Holly Blue 3 on a variegated female Holly bush at C 218083 Knockbrack, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. 14C in a garden in sheltered, calm conditions: at least two males and one female between 4.15 and 5.30. A female was observed on a Holly bush leaf about 2m above the ground where it rested for over an hour, the only movement being a slight opening and closing of its wings which displayed its black corner tips. Two males chased one another but did not disturb the female. Such behaviour by the female might help explain how often in Donegal the Holly Blue is missed when attempting to survey it? The flower buds were just beginning to open!

Philip Strickland (28/04/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 1 at O 03492 35596, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Jesmond Harding (29/04/2022)

Brimstone 13, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Comma 1 (in adjoining firebreak at N 68750 25847), Speckled Wood 2, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1, Common Heath 1 at N 687 256, Lullybeg Butterfly Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny, light southeast breeze, 12C.

Jim Fitzharris (29/04/2022)

Holly Blue 1 at O 140 282, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. Mild, breezy; sunny; 15°C.

Holly Blue 1 at O 136 271, Ballyboden, Co. Dublin. Mild, breezy; sunny; 15°C.

Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1 male, Holly Blue 7, Speckled Wood 3 at Grand Canal, Kylemore, Co. Dublin. Mild, breezy; sunny; 15°C.

Maurice Simms (29/04/2022)

Green-veined White 5, Orange-tip 3, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Speckled Wood 9, at H330984, H 329983, H 323/4/5/982/3, Combermore and adjoining fields at Townparks, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Bright/cloudy, around 15C.

Robert Aldwell (29/04/2022)

Holly Blue 15, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 5 at O 21782849 – 21692896 Rockfield Park, Blackrock Co Dublin calm, sunny, 14C. Up to four of the Holly Blues were chasing one another. The Comma was an exceptionally large female which was laying on low young nettles in the sunshine near hedging and coming and going. She appeared to lay about eight eggs in under ten minutes over an area of a few square metres. She kept her wings fully open during the laying.

Kirby Flanagan (30/04/2022)

Cinnabar moth 1 at H 10351 13100, Moher, Aughnasheelin, County Leitrim.

Jim Fitzharris (01/05/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Red Admiral 1 at X 949 969, Great Saltee, Wexford. Warm, breezy; sunny; 16°C.

Jim Fitzharris (02/05/2022)

Green-veined White 3 at T 081 072, Tacumshane, Wexford. Warm, breezy; sunny; 16°C

Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1 at T 111 267, Raven Wood, Wexford. Hot, calm; sunny; 19°C.

Green-veined White 2 at T 113 266, Culleton’s Gap, Wexford. Warm, breezy; sunny; 17°C.

Jim Fitzharris (03/05/2022)

Holly Blue male & female (my first female of the year) at O 120 267, Knocklyon, Dublin. Mild, calm; sunny; 16°C

Pat Wyse (04/05/2022)

Brimstone 1, Orange-tip 1, Painted Lady 1, Speckled Wood 2 at N72886 33054, Parsonstown, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 15C.

Jesmond Harding (04/05/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1, Small Copper 1 (the smallest male I have ever seen, with about the same wingspan as a male Small Blue), Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1 at N 91486 41831, Ballymagillan, Co. Meath. Sunny, 15C.

Frank Smyth (04/05/2022)

Holly Blue 5, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 9, Wall Brown 2 at O 291366 Cliff Walk Howth between Lions Head and the Baily, Co. Dublin. Sunny, moderate west wind, 18 C.

Anthony Mooney (04/05/2022)

Large White 1, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 6, Holly Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 6 at N 9134 Bryanstown, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Warm and sunny from mid-morning and up to 18 C.

Jim Fitzharris (04/05/2022)

Orange-tip 1 male, Holly Blue 3, Speckled Wood 1 at O 259 244 to O 258 279, Killiney Beach to Sandycove, Dublin. Warm, breezy; sunny; 17°C.

Jim Fitzharris (06/05/2022)

Holly Blue 1 female at O 120 267, Knocklyon, Dublin. Mild, breezy; sunny; 16°C.

Jim Fitzharris (07/05/2022)

Green-veined White 12, Peacock 1 at X 949 969, Great Saltee, Wexford. Warm, breezy; sunny; 17°C

Green-veined White 8, Orange-tip 1 male, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 6 at S 937 076, Reahouse Lane, Wexford. Warm, breezy; sunny; 17°C

Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 1 male at S 925 081, Blackstone, Wexford. Warm, breezy; sunny; 17°C

Jesmond Harding (07/05/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 5, Orange-tip 4, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 3 between N 91829 42696 and N 91479 41865, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, calm, c.14C.

Early Thorn 1, Engrailed 1, Scalloped Hazel 1, Muslin Moth 2, Pale Tussock 1, Hebrew Character 2 at N 92084 42492, Mulhussey, Co. Meath.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (07/05/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 6, Speckled Wood 6 at O 263262 Dalkey Quarry, Co. Dublin.

Holly Blue 5 at O 267261 Dalkey Hill Co. Dublin.

Frank Smyth (07/05/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 2, Green-veined White 3, Orange-tip 9 at O 237411, Baldoyle Race Park, Dublin 13, Mainly sunny with mist patches, 13 C.

Geraldine Nee (07/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 1, Cryptic Wood White 2, Green Veined White 5, Orange-tip 3, Common Blue 1 at N 116 213, Noggus Bog, Co. Offaly. Sunny, c. 16C

Craig Ayers (07/05/2022)

Green-veined White 20+, Orange-tip 20+, Green Hairstreak 6, Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 10, Speckled Wood 10 at G 849931 Lettermore, Inver, Co. Donegal.

Jesmond Harding (08/05/2022)

Brimstone 5, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1, Dingy Skipper 11, Speckled Wood 1, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 3, Mother Shipton 1, Burnet Companion 6, Common Heath 1 at N 68567 25630, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 17C.

Anne Cowley (08/05/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 2, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 2 at 9 am on a roadside verge at N 87954 13031, Harristown Common, Co. Kildare. Warm, sunny, 16C.

Maurice Simms (08/05/2022)

Green-veined White 11, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2 at H 330984,324/7/9/983, Combermore and adjoining lands at Townparks, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 15/17C.

Con O’Donnell (08/05/2022)

Green-veined White 20+, Orange-tip 10+, Green Hairstreak 13+, Holly Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1, at B 8019, Glentornan, Dunlewey, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 16C. The main vegetation present on the site is whins and willow.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (08/05/2022)

Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Wall Brown 10 at C157 432 Gortnatraw, Fanad, Co. Donegal.

Ciarán Flynn and Enda Flynn (8/05/2022)

Green Hairstreak 1, Small Purple-barred 1 at J 163 136, Slieve Foy, Co. Louth. Warm, sunny, 14C.

Jim Fitzharris (08/05/2022)

Green-veined White 1 female, Holly Blue 1 at O 120 267, Knocklyon, Dublin. Warm, calm; sunny; 16°C.

Large White 2, Green-veined White 5, Orange-tip 8 males, Holly Blue 2 from O 136 289 to O163 300, Dodder, Rathfarnham to Clonskeagh, Dublin. Warm, calm; sunny; 17°C. (The Dodder in this area is an excellent site for Orange-tip).

Holly Blue 1, still on the wing at 17:45 at O 120 271, Knocklyon, Dublin. Mild, calm; sunny; 14°C.

Robert Aldwell (10/05/2022)

Holly Blue 6, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 1 at O 21682862, Rockfield Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (11/05/2022)

Small White 1, Green-veined white 2, Orange-tip 20+, Holly Blue 5, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 8 at O 20143315 – 19903321Irishtwon Nature Park, Co Dublin. 12-14 C with intermittent sun. Male Orange-tips were very plentiful and active during sunny periods in sheltered spots. The Red Admiral, feeding on Red Valerian, was a medium-sized specimen in fresh condition. A dozen or more white butterflies were unidentified “small whites.”

Orange-tip 5, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 20043324 Sean Moore Park, Irishtown, Co. Dublin.

Robert Aldwell. (12/05/2022)

Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 1 at O 2206528605 Blackrock, Co. Dublin. The Red Admiral was large and feeding on Choisia in my garden during a short sunny interval.

Gemma Cullina (13/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 1, at M 40801 67323, Irishtown, Co. Mayo. Sunny, light breeze, 14 Celsius.

Jim Fitzharris (13/05/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 2 females, Orange-tip 5 males and 1 female, Holly Blue 12, Peacock 1 Comma 2, Speckled Wood 1 from O 118 280 to O 119 280, Dodder Valley Park, Dublin. Warm, breezy; sunny; 16°C.

Jim Fitzharris (14/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 1 male at M 087 021, Poulsallagh, Clare. Warm, breezy; sunny; 17°C

Small Heath 1, Pyrausta purpuralis 1 at M 149 106, Green Road near Fanore. Hot, calm; sunny; 19°C

Wood White 4 at M 164 081, road to Gortlecka from Fanore, Clare. Hot, calm; sunny; 19°C

Dingy Skipper 2, Wood White 10, Brimstone 4, Common Blue 1 male, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 2, Wall 4, Mother Shipton 1, Common Heath 3, Burnet Companion 1; odonata: Variable Damselfly 1, Four-spot Chaser 1, Hairy Hawker 1at M 304 944, Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Warm, calm; sunny; 17°C.

Jesmond Harding (14/05/2022)

Green-veined White 30 plus, Orange-tip 1, Speckled Wood 1 at H 57730 21142, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan. Mainly overcast with weak sunlight, c. 14C.

Ciarán Flynn and Enda Flynn (14/05/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Orange-tip 3, Cryptic Wood White 4, Speckled Wood 2, Small Copper 1, Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 1 at J 184 094 Barnavave, Co. Louth. Sunny, 16C.

Frank Smyth (14/05/2022)

Green-veined White 12, Common Blue 4, including 2 aberrations. One was ab.nigromaculata, and the other was a brown female the size of a Small Blue with no blue on either side of the forewings or hindwings but with light brown on the forewings and dark brown on the hindwings at O 242377, Bull Island Co. Dublin. 18 C, sunny and light wind.

Geraldine Nee (14/05/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 4, Brimstone 3, Green Veined White 5+, Orange-tip 10+, Green Hairstreak 2, Small Copper 3, Common Blue 2 at N 751 332, Drehid Bog, Co Kildare. Sunny & Calm, 17C. Also saw Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk-moth 2, lots of Orange-tip eggs and a very loud cuckoo who remained hidden in the trees!

Geraldine Nee (14/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 2, Green Veined White 2, Marsh Fritillary 1 at N 692 260, Lullymore West, Co Kildare Sunny & Calm, 17C.

Maurice Simms (14/05/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 at G798994 and 800994, Cleengort Lane, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. 15C, Cloudy with glimpses of sun.

Dingy Skipper 1, Green-veined White 10, Orange-tip 7, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 3, from G715971 to G711969 at Kilclooney Lane, Portnoo, Co. Donegal.
16c. Bright Spells.

Dingy Skipper 3, Green-veined White 4, Orange Tip 4, Small Copper 2, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1 at G 689959 and G 691960 the Mass House and at foot of adjoining Hill Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal 16C Bright spells.

Small Copper 1, Small Blue 1 ( photo taken) at G679958 Little Tramore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal 16C, Cloudy/ bright.

Dingy Skipper1, Green-veined White 3, at G676973 and G677976, the New Line, Kiltourish, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. 15C, Bright,

Jesmond Harding (15/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 3, Brimstone 1, Small Copper 1, Marsh Fritillary 5 (all males), Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 2, Burnet Companion 5 at N 68589 25628, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Dull, overcast, c.16C.

Emperor Moth 1 male at N 69255 25728, Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Cryptic Wood White 1 at N 69551 26034, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 17C.

Small Copper 3 (and a Cuckoo) at N 75155 33173, Drehid Bog, Co. Kildare.

Con O’Donnell (15/05/2022)

Green-veined White 40 +, Orange-tip 20+, Green Hairstreak 2, Small Copper 1, Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 2, at C 4227 Carnamoyle, Muff, Co. Donegal. Sunny and 16 C with strong SW wind. The Small Copper was unusually small.

Danny Gillespie (15/05/2022)

Small Copper 1 at G 622745 Dactan, Kilcar, Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (15/05/2022)

Wood White 2, Small Copper 2, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 1, Wall 3, Common Heath 2, Burnet Companion 3 at R 289 993, Carran Loop, Co. Clare. Warm, calm; sunny; 16°C.

Dingy Skipper 9, Wood White 5, Green-veined White 2, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 8, Wall 3, Burnet Companion 6 at R 294 998,  Carran – holy well area, Co. Clare. Hot, calm; sunny; 19°C

Wood White 1, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 1 male, Holly Blue, 2, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 1, Wall 1 at R 291 993, Carran – Burren Perfumery, Co. Clare. Hot, calm; sunny; 20°C.

Brimstone 1, Green-veined White 2, Wall 2 at R 291 993, Near Slieve Roe, Co. Clare. Hot, calm; sunny; 20°C.

Brimstone 6 at R 316 943, near Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Hot, calm; sunny; 20°C.

Wood White 3, Green-veined White 2, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 2, Wall 4, Burnet Companion 1; odonatan: Four-spot Chaser 1 at R 295 947, near Lough Avalla farm, Co. Clare. Warm, calm; sunny to overcast; 17°C.

Frank Smyth (16/05/2022)

Large White 1, Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 2 ( both laying ), Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton Dublin 13. Sunny, strong southeast wind, 18 C.

Helen Cloney (16/05/2022)

Red Admiral 1 at S 9040, Caim, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Sean Feehan (16/05/2022)

Green-veined White 8, and Green Hairstreak 7 on rhododendron leaves and gorse between S 05280 05289 and S 05697 05282 near Lismore, Co. Waterford. Damp showery weather with short spells of sunshine, 15C.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (16/05/2022)

Wall Brown 2 at C 245 432, Drumnacraig, Fanad, Co. Donegal.

Sara Dickson (17/05/2022)

Cinnabar 1 (dead) on the pavement at 53°20’52.8″N 6°17’12.1″W at the Museum Luas Stop platform, Dublin.

Con O’Donnell (18/05/2022)

Green-veined White 8, Orange-tip 12, Green Hairstreak 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2 at C 6342, Ballymacarthur, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. About 15 C but strong southerly wind made it unfavourable for most butterflies.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (18/05/2022)

Red Admiral 1 at C187 107, Cullion Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (19/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 8, Brimstone 3 males and 1 female, Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 2 males, Marsh Fritillary 2, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth 2, Mother Shipton 1, Burnet Companion 3; Odonata: Blue-tailed Damselfly 2, Four-spot Chaser 6, Hairy Hawker 4 between N 695 260 and N 692 261, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Warm, windy, sunny spells; 15°C.

Cryptic Wood White 4, Green-veined White 4, Orange-tip 1 female, Green Hairstreak 2, Mother Shipton 1, Common Heath 4; Odonata: Large Red Damselfly 2, Four-spot Chaser 6, Hairy Hawker 3 between N 754 334 and N 747 328, Drehid, Co. Kildare. Warm, windy, sunny spells; 15°C.

Jesmond Harding (19/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 8, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 1, Marsh Fritillary 47, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 2, Mother Shipton 4, Burnet Companion c.10, Small Purple-barred 1; odonata: Large Red Damselfly 4, Blue-tailed Damselfly 1, Four-spotted Chaser 3, Hairy Dragonfly 1 at N 68676 25669, Lullybeg Butterfly Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny spell, strong breeze, c.15°C.

Brimstone 3 at N 68874 25642, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Anne Cowley (19/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 1 male at N 88619 12651, Harristown Common, Co. Kildare.

Sinead Duffe (19/05/2022)

Common Blue 1 at S 62081 13366, Bellfield, Co. Kilkenny.

Jesmond Harding (21/05/2022)

Dingy Skipper 4, Wood White 1 female, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 15, Speckled Wood 1, Dew Moth 2, Common Heath 2 at M 29940 00390, Fahee North, Co. Clare. Windy, intermittent sun, c.14C.

Jesmond and Denise Harding (21/05/2022)

Brimstone larva 1, Wood White 3, Green-veined White 1, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 1 at R 29816 99670, Burren Perfumery, Fahee North, Co. Clare.

Jim Fitzharris (21/05/2022)

Small White 1 female, Green-veined White 2, Painted Lady 1 at X947971, Great Saltee, Co. Wexford. Warm, windy, sunny spells; 16°C.

Green-veined White 4, Small Blue 4, Common Blue 9 males & 1 female, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 3, Small Heath 1;

Odonata: Azure Damselfly 2, Hairy Hawker 2 at T113265, Raven Wood, Co. Wexford. Warm, windy, sunny spells; 16°C.

Jesmond Harding (22/05/2022)

Transparent Burnet 1, Speckled Yellow 1 at R 38439 97128, near Lough Bunny, Co. Clare. Dull, mild.

Grace Meenan (23/05/2022)

Green-veined White 1 at B 8546 Tory Island, Co. Donegal.

Con O’Donnell (23/05/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 6, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 3, Small Copper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

This is a well-sheltered revegetated, south-facing rocky area which at present is carpeted with vetches, Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil and other wildflowers. In the sunshine, at about 4 pm it was a few degrees warmer than the adjoining areas. It is the first time the Cryptic Wood White has been recorded at this site. It seems likely that additional butterflies will be recorded here in the next few weeks.

Stephen and Michael Bolger (23/05/2022)

Small Blue 28 (many males had recently emerged), Common Blue 30, Small Heath 12; odonatan: Emperor Dragonfly male 1 freshly emerged from T212442 to T216451, Ballinoulart, Cahore, Co. Wexford. Sunshine 70%, 19C, gusty, force 7, south-easterly breeze.

The Small Blue were sheltering on the very inward dunes in colonies along the walkway. A lack of Kidney Vetch in flower was obvious and I noted a slight reduction in Kidney Vetch on the dunes.

Michael Gray (24/05/2022)

Large White 1, Orange-tip 1 female laying on Lady’s Smock, Holly Blue 4, Painted Lady 1 in my garden at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Jesmond Harding (24/05/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 4, Small White 1, Dingy Skipper 11, Common Blue 32; odonata: Common Blue Damselfly 1, Four-spotted Chaser 2, Keeled Skimmer 1 at R 53568 55044, Raheen, Co. Limerick. Sunny, 13C.

Jim Fitzharris (25/05/2022)

Orange-tip 2 males & 1 female, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 5; odonata: Blue-tailed Damselfly 2 at O 3137 0391, East Coast Nature Reserve, Co. Wicklow. Warm, windy, sunny; 17°C.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (24/05/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Painted Lady 1 at O 211336, Poolbeg, Ringsend, Co. Dublin. Intermittent sun and 14 C. Painted Lady and Large White on Red Valerian.

Cryptic Wood White 6, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O 200395 Booterstown Nature Reserve, Co. Dublin. Several other unidentified whites and blues (identified blue was a female Holly Blue).

Jesmond Harding (26/05/2022)

Small Blue c.30, Common Blue 3, Small Heath 4 at O 15943 75795, Mornington, Co. Meath. Breezy, sunny spells, 15C.

Robert Aldwell (26/05/2022)

Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 1 at O 220286 Blackrock, Co Dublin. In my garden at 16/17 C warm but windy. Red Admiral basking on the ground. Holly Blues were still very active on the sheltered side of large Holly Bush.

Niamh Lennon (26/05/2022)

Holly Blue 2, Speckled Wood 1 at O14912 37085, National Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Co. Dublin. Sunny, warm.

Muiree Hartnett (27/05/2022)

Cinnabar Moth 1 at R 51954 50227, Patrick’s Well, Limerick.

IBMS Walk (27/05/2022)

Brimstone 2, Dingy Skipper 9, Common Blue 1, Marsh Fritillary 95, Small Heath 8 at N 68676 25669, Lullybeg Butterfly Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny, light breeze, c.15-16°C.

Robert Aldwell (27/05//2022)

Painted Lady 1 at O 20762999 Booterstown, Co. Dublin, site is close to the sea.

Catherine Holland (27/05/2022)

Marsh Fritillary 3 at V909573, Skehil, Glengarriff, County Cork. Hot, sunny

Con O’Donnell (28/05/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 11 (including three mating pairs), Green-veined White 5, Orange-tip 4, Small Copper 2, Speckled Wood 7 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal – sheltered site with temperature in sun locally close to 20 C.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (29/05/2022)

Small Blue 8, Wall Brown 4, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 10 at C154432, Gortnatraw, Fanad, Co. Donegal.

Con O’Donnell (29/05/2022)

Green-veined White 30+, Orange-tip 12+, Small Heath 2 at C 6744 Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal. Sunny but strong cold north-east wind. Spread out over a walk of 2 km.

Geraldine Nee (29/05/22)

Dingy Skipper 2, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 6, Small Heath 15+ at M300 004, Fahee North, Co. Clare. Sunny but quite breezy. Circa 16 Celsius. A cuckoo very nearby, and a very large hare whose Sunday chilling in the sun I kept disturbing!

Geraldine Nee (29/05/22)

Brimstone 2 at R298 996, Burren Perfumery Gardens, Co. Clare. Sunny but quite breezy. Circa 16 Celsius.

Geraldine Nee (29/05/22)

Dingy Skipper 2, Wood White 20+, Brimstone 1, Orange-tip 1, Common Blue 4, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 5 at M452 149, Castletaylor Woods, Ardrahan, Co. Galway. A mix of cloud and sun and breezy – but sheltered with a patch of Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil along the track. Circa 16-17 Celsius. Got to observe two instances of Wood White courtship – although, on both occasions, poor Mr. Male left dejected after a few minutes of trying his best.

Ethna Diver (29/05/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Small Heath 7 at G807582, Magheracar, Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

Ethna Diver (01/06/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 2, Small Blue 1, Small Heath 9 at G894937, Murvagh, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (01/06/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 3, Common Blue 5, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 6 at O268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, 16C.

Con O’Donnell (01/06/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 8, Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 1 at C 628460 Kinnagoe Bay, Northeast Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 4, Green Hairstreak 3, at C 6442 Balleeghan, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Robert Aldwell (01/06/20220)

Holly Blue 4, Speckled Wood 10 at O 21782864 Rockfield Park, Blackrock Co Dublin. In my nearby garden this evening I saw a Holly Blue flying at 19.05 which is the latest time I have seen one flying.

Eleanor Hort (03/06/2022)

Green Hairstreak 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at G 67288925, Meentashesk, Carrick, Co. Donegal.

Eamonn McGlinchey (03/06/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 1 at C 250 378 Portsalon Co. Donegal. This is a new 10 km square record for Cryptic Wood White on square C23.

Caroline Organ (03/06/2022)

Cinnabar Moth 1 at 52.717695-9.452219, Dromelihy, Co. Clare.

Eamonn McGlinchey (04/06/2022)

Marsh Fritillary 1, Narrow Bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1 at C249 429 south of Drumnacraig beach Fanad Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (04/06/2022)

Common Blue 4 males, Marsh Fritillary 6, Speckled Wood 5; Burnet Companion 16, Mother Shipton 3;

Odonata: Azure Damselfly 1, Four-spotted Chaser 1, Hairy Dragonfly 1 at N 6929 2605, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Mild, windy, sunny; 15°C.

Green Hairstreak 1, Marsh Fritillary 6; Burnet Companion 6, Common Heath 2, Marbled White Spot 1;

Odonata: Four-spotted Chaser 1 from N 6927 2601 to N 6879 2564, track from Lullymore to Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Mild, windy, sunny; 15°C.

Common Blue 1 male, Marsh Fritillary 12, Large Heath 1; Burnet Companion 6, Common Heath 2;

Odonata: Variable Damselfly 10, Blue-tailed Damselfly 1, Large red Damselfly 1, Four-spotted Chaser 1, Hairy Dragonfly 2 at N 6866 2568, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Mild, windy, sunny; 15°C.

Robert Aldwell (04/06/2022)

Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 1 at O 220286 in my garden. Red Admiral was large and pristine and basking on leaves.

Maurice Simms (04/06/2022)

Dingy Skipper 3, Orange Tip 2, Small Copper 1, Small Blue 14, Common Blue 1, Peacock 1, Small Heath 13, from G687959 to G 691960, at Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal, on the walk from Kiltourish gate to the Mass house. Sunny, 18C.

Green-veined White 1, Small Blue 22, Small Heath 1 at G681956, 682954 at the back of Tramore beach, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny 18C.

Small Blue 2, Small Heath 1 at G 679958 Little Tramore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal.

Dingy Skipper 2, Small Blue 1, at G696977, on walk behind Portnoo Pier and to part of Dunmore Head, Co. Donegal.

Eamonn McGlinchey (05/06/2022)

Green Hairstreak 8 at C 037 153, Glendowan, Churchill, Co. Donegal.

Small Heath 12 at C 027 142, Glendowan, Churchill, Co. Donegal.

John Lovatt (06/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 1 at 15:58 at O 21796 50746, Newbridge Park, Dublin.

Geraldine Nee (06/06/2022)

Small Blue 30+, Common Blue 10, Small Heath 5 at O155 769, Mornington Sand Dunes, Co. Louth. A mix of sunshine and clouds, light breeze, 16 Celsius.

Jason Wang (06/06/2022)

Cinnabar 1 at V 53063 58593 in the sand dunes near Derrynane Beech, Co. Kerry.

Maurice Simms (06/06/2022)

Small Copper 1, Small Heath 2, Six Spotted Burnett Moth 5, at G7019898 near L. Conn, Doon Road, Portnoo, Co, Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (06/06/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 4, Common Blue 1 male, Speckled Wood 1 at O 120 262, Woodstown, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Warm, windy, sunny; 16°C.

Maurice Simms (07/06/2022)

Dingy Skipper 1, Green Hairstreak 1, Speckled Wood 3,Chimney Sweep Moth 1,atG801994, G 797994,Cleengort,Gweebarra ,Co. Donegal. Sunny 18C.
Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip 2, Speckled Wood 8, Between G711971 and G 715970/1, at Kilclooney Lane, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny 18C.
Small White 1, Green Hairstreak 1, Small Blue 6 at G694989, the old Quarry, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny 18C.

Marsh Fritillary 1, at G693986, near Lough Birroge, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny 18C.

Niamh Lennon, Robert Aldwell and Frank Smyth (07/06/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 2, Common Blue 14, Red Admiral 1 and 1 larva,3rd instar, Small Tortoiseshell 1 ( first generation) Peacock 2 ( well worn), Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 5 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Mostly sunny, 15C.

John Lovatt (07/06/2022)

Small White 1, Small Blue 85, Common Blue 34, Six-spot Burnet 94 at O 24898 52546, Portrane, Co. Dublin. Sunny.

Frank Smyth (08/06/2022)

Cryptic White 12, Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 7, Painted Lady 1, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 2 at O 237411, Baldoyle Race Park, Dublin 13. 16C but very windy.

Jesmond Harding (08/06/2022)

Green Hairstreak 6, Small Copper 1, Speckled Wood 1 at N 75097 33125, Timahoe Bog (Drehid Bog north), Co. Kildare. Sunny with heavy showers, 16C in the sunshine.

Frank Smyth (10/06/2022)

Small White 1, Small Blue 2, Common Blue 5, Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 2, Meadow Brown 2 at O260397, Burrow Beach, Sutton Dublin 13. 18C, strong wind.

Jim Fitzharris (10/06/2022)

Common Blue 2 males, Small Tortoiseshell 1 (fresh) at O 110 282, Tymon Park, Co. Dublin. Mild, windy, sunny, 15°C.

Jim Fitzharris (11/06/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 (fresh); Odonata: Blue-tailed Damselfly 15 at T 062 064, Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford. Mild, very windy, sunny; 15°C.

Maurice Simms and Emily Boig (11/06/2022)

Green Hairstreak 8, Small Copper 5, Small Blue 32, Common Blue 1, Marsh Fritillary 18, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 30, Cinnabar moth 1, Six-spot Burnet moth 1, at G709953,688953,682947,681948,691960 on the walk from Mc Glinchey’s Field Study Centre to Carrickalahagh and back via the Mass House, Sheskinmore Reserve, Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (12/06/2022)

Odonata: Blue-tailed Damselfly 50+, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly 1 male at T 062 063, Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford. Mild, windy, sunny; 15°C.

Large White 1 at T 081 072, Tacumshane, Co. Wexford. Warm, breezy, sunny; 16°C.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (13/06/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 4 at O 26292627 Dalkey Quarry, Co Dublin

Cryptic Wood White 2, Speckled Wood 7 at O 26282624 Dalkey Quarry, Co Dublin 14 to 15 C but cloudy.

 

Jesmond Harding (14/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 1 in my garden at N922425, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Mainly overcast, 17C.

Jim Fitzharris (14/06/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 6, Small White 2, Common Blue 4 males, Red Admiral 1 (worn), Small Tortoiseshell 3 (fresh), Speckled Wood 5; Six-spot Burnet 8 at O 120 262, Woodstown, Knocklyon Co. Dublin.

Hot, breezy, sunny; 18°C.

Jim Fitzharris (15/06/2022)

Large White 1 at O 181 284, Goatstown, Co. Dublin. Warm, sunny; 17°C.

Jesmond Harding (15/06/2022)

Brimstone 1, Cryptic Wood White 1, Dingy Skipper 1, Common Blue 3, Marsh Fritillary 35, Small Heath 9, Speckled Wood 1, Burnet Companion c.20 at N 68514 25634, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Intermittent sunshine, c.18C. Note: to date in 2022, over 200 Marsh Fritillary butterflies have been counted on Lullybeg Reserve.

Large Heath 7, Grass Wave 1 at N 71427 26262,  Lodge Bog, Co. Kildare.

Frank Smyth (15/06/2022),

Large White 2, Small White 1, Common Blue 5, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 1, very worn, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath 9 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, breezy, 18C.

Robert Aldwell (15/06/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 220286 Blackrock, Co. Dublin. The new generation in my garden.

Niamh Lennon (16/06/2022)

Orange-tip 1, Speckled Wood 4 at T27174 97001, Mount Ussher, Co. Wicklow.

Jim Fitzharris (16/06/2022)

Common Blue 4 males, Meadow Brown Wood 1; Six-spot Burnet 4, Small Elephant Hawkmoth 1; Odonata: Emperor 1 at O 110 283, Tymon Park, Co. Dublin. Warm, windy, sunny; 16°C.

Jim Fitzharris (17/06/2022)

Large White 1; Cinnabar 2 at V 953 216, Cape Clear, Co. Cork. Hot, sunny, 20°C.

Jesmond Harding (17/06/2022)

Common Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Marsh Fritillary 3, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 2, Small Heath 5, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 1, Cinnabar 1 at N 68514 25634, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Dull, 18C.

Con O’Donnell (17/06/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 1, Small Copper 1, Speckled Wood 4 at C6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Mostly cloudy 17 C but windy.

Brenda Chadwick (17/06/2022)

Peacock larvae on nettles near the river at  0 23068 24979, Cabinteely Park, Co. Dublin.

Niamh Lennon (17/06/2022)

Red Admiral larva 1, Small Tortoiseshell larva 1, Comma larva 1 at O 16942 29317, Windy Arbour in the park at Columbanus Road, Co. Dublin.

Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5 and larva 10, Red Admiral larva 1 at O 18153 29727, UCD Old Walled garden, Co. Dublin.

Orange-tip larva 3 at O17659 30010, UCD, Co. Dublin.

Red Admiral larva 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4 at O17209 28913, in a field in Rosemount Estate, Co. Dublin.

Pat Wyse (18/06/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 6, Meadow Brown 7, Ringlet 6 at N75557 33679, Drehid North, Timahoe, Co. Kildare.

Cormac MacDiarmada as per John Lovatt (19/06/2022)

Painted Lady 1 at O 23904 49846, Ballymastone, Donabate, Co. Dublin.

Rachel Jackson (18/06/2022)

Cinnabar 1 at S 04923 92553, Shinrone, Co. Offaly.

Rosena McShane (19/06/2022)

Small Heath 20 plus at O 00532 20695, Cupidstownhill, Co. Kildare. The Small Heath butterflies were widespread in this gorse-filled field with uncut meadow, and there were no cows or sheep in this field on the day I saw the butterflies and I have seen red deer in this field in the past. They were about a metre or more apart and would fly up as I walked.

Jim Fitzharris (19/06/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Meadow Brown 1 at V 953 210, Cape Clear, Co. Cork. Hot, sunny, 20°C.

Jim Fitzharris (20/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 1; Cinnabar 1 at V 953 212, Cape Clear, Co. Cork. Warm, sunny, 18°C.

Small Tortoiseshell at W 045 264, Baltimore, Co. Cork. Warm, sunny, 18°C.

Speckled Wood 2 at W 001 494, near Bantry, Co. Cork. Warm, sunny, 18°C.

Speckled Wood 1 at V 934 549, Garinish Island, Co. Cork. Hot, sunny, 20°C.

John Lovatt (20/06/2022)

Ringlet 1, Small Heath 1 at O 21796 50746, Newbridge Park, Co. Dublin.

Robert Aldwell (20/06/2022)

Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1 at O 220286 at Blackrock, Co Dublin. very sunny and about 19 C. An unusual date for Holly Blue which was flying fast around a tall Holly tree at about 5 pm.

Con O’Donnell (20/06/2022)

Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at C 648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co Donegal

Cryptic Wood White 3, Green-veined White 2, Small Copper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2 at C 6743 Caherhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 11, Common Blue 2, Small Copper 1, Peacock (very worn) 1, Small Heath 1 at C 6744, although perhaps C 17 also a very strong Northerly wind at this rather exposed site at C 6744, Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co Donegal.

Maurice Simms (20/06/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1 (on Bilberry, flying around summit )Speckled Wood 4, Small Heath 1,( rather tattered).at H304981, 300976, 229974 on the walk up to the summit of Croghan Hill, near Lifford Co. Donegal. Sunny, 20C.

Jim Fitzharris (21/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 1 at V 737 236, Mizen Head, Co. Cork. Hot, sunny, 20°C.

Jim Fitzharris (22/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 1; Six-spot Burnet 3 at W 293 354, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. Hot, sunny, 20°C.

Large White 1 at S 053 229, Swiss Cottage, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Warm, bright, 17°C.

Frank Smyth (21/06/2022)

Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 5, Marsh Fritillary 5, Meadow Brown 14, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 12 at O 242377, Bull Island, Dublin. 18C, Sunny.

Rosena McShane (22/06/2022)

Cinnabar 1 at O 12072 34445, near the Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Joe Geraty (22/06/2022)

Ringlet 3 at O 04567 36328,  St Edmundsbury Farm, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Geraldine Nee (22/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 2 at O 248 600, Ballast Pit, Skerries, County Dublin. Light breeze, circa 16 Celsius.

Maurice Simms (23/06/2022)

Green Hairstreak 1, Common Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Small Heath 2, at G679858, 661965 665969, 654974, 648975,644986 on the walk from Tramore to the end of Dawros Head via Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. 18C, Sunny spells.

Sean Smith (23/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 1 (photo supplied) on Nepata in my back garden at O 12044 31137, Balfe Road East, Walkinstown, Co. Dublin. Sunny, light breeze, 20C.

Eva McDonagh (24/06/22)

Six-spot Burnet moth at O1136 in our house on the Navan Road in Dublin 7.

Jim Fitzharris (24/06/2022)

Six-spot Burnet 1 at G 721 118, Kesh, Co. Leitrim. Cool, dull, 14°C.

Meadow Brown 1; Odonata: Irish Damselfly 2, Azure Damselfly 8, Variable Damselfly 2, Common Blue Damselfly 2, Blue-tailed Damselfly 5 at N 105 959, Creenagh Lough, Co. Leitrim. Mild, bright; 16°C.

Jim Fitzharris (25/06/2022)

Common Blue 1 small female, Meadow Brown 2; Six-spot Burnet 1 at O 240 480, Corballis, Co. Dublin. Mild, windy, sunny, 14°C.

Niamh Lennon (26/06/2022)

Small White 1, Peacock larva c.80 at O 18153 29727, in the old walled garden in UCD, Belfield, Co. Dublin. Showery afternoon but warm.

Jim Fitzharris (26/06/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 147 297, Rathfarnham Co. Dublin. Mild, bright, 15°C.

Geraldine Nee (26/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 10+ at O 211 512, Turvey Nature Reserve, County Dublin. Grabbed an hour in the morning before the rain set in! Quite breezy – although mild. These were mostly settled in long grass on the edge of a hedgerow and flying quite low.

Eamonn McGlinchey (26/06/2022)

Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 4, Small Heath 4, Large Heath 1 at B933 183, Poisoned Glen, Dunlewey, Co. Donegal. Cool breeze, a blink of sun occasionally.

Jim Fitzharris (27/06/2022)

Small White 1, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 10; Six-spot Burnet 1 at O 110 282, Tymon Park, Co. Dublin. Warm, sunny, 16°C.

Ringlet 3 at O 098 265, Dodder Valley Park, Co. Dublin. Warm, bright, 16°C.

Con O’Donnell (27/06/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 2, Ringlet 4 at C 6743, Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Very windy.

Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 1 at C 6743, Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (27/06/2022)

Common Blue 1, male, at G696986, Pound Cottage, Portnoo, Co. Donegal.
Five Bundles of Peacock Larvae on a clump of nettles at G683989, Quarry Road Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (28/06/2022)

Common Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 2 at G687959,691960, on the walk from Kiltourish gate to the Mass House, Sheskinmore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Cool blustery South East wind 15C. Short sunny intervals with light showers.

Jim Fitzharris (28/06/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 9, Ringlet 10, between O 106 295 and O 108 290, Tymon Park, Co. Dublin. Hot, breezy, sunny, 18°C.

Joe Geraty (28/06/2022)

Silver-washed Fritillary 1 at O 03906 35840, St Edmundsbury Farm, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Comma 1 at O 04730 36289, St Edmundsbury Farm, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Jim Fitzharris (29/06/2022)

Painted Lady 1, Speckled Wood, 2, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 20; Six-spot Burnet 6 at O 120 262, Woodstown, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Hot, sunny, 20°C.

Maurice Simms (29/06/2022)

Common Blue 3 (2 males and 1 female ssp. mariscolore) Dark Green Fritillary 2, Small Heath 1 at G682/3 952/3, 689958, 686960, 684962, at the back of Tramore and adjoining Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. 15/17C. Sunny spells.

Frank Smyth ( 29/06/2022 )

Cryptic Wood White 1, Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 1 at G 871684, Lr. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, Sunny, 18C.

Maurice Simms (30/06/2022)

Ringlet 1, Speckled Wood 1, at G696986, Pound Cottage, Doon Road, Portnoo, Co. Donegal.

Small Tortoiseshell 2, at G684976, Drumboghill, near Rosbeg, Co, Donegal.

Common Blue 3, Dark Green Fritillary, 4, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 2 on a walk through Sheskinmore Reserve from Kiltourish Gate to the fence at Ballinreavy G685963 to 687953, Co. Donegal. Cloudy with some sunny intervals, 15C.

Con O ‘Donnell (30/06/2022)

Dark Green Fritillary 5, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 8 at C 6743 Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co Donegal. In a sheltered area during a short sunny period. Dark Greens were feeding on thistles and brambles. One was larger and probably a female. This is a relatively unspoilt habitat.

Pat Wyse (02/07/2022)

Small Skipper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Meadow Brown 7, Ringlet 50 plus at N76031 34109, Drehid North, Co. Kildare. Cloudy but bright, 18C.

Jim Fitzharris (02/07/2022)

Essex Skipper 3, Common Blue 1 male, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 5; Odonata: Azure Damselfly 1, Blue-tailed Damselfly 20 at T 062 064, Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford. Mild, windy, sunny; 14°C.

Red Admiral 3, Dark Green Fritillary 6, Meadow Brown 15, Ringlet 6, Small Heath 2; Odonata: Emperor 1 at S 954 049, Ballyteigue Burrow, Co. Wexford. Warm, breezy, sunny, 17°C.

Small Tortoiseshell 2 at T 083 073 Yoletown, Tacumshane, Co. Wexford. Warm, breezy, sunny, 17°C.

Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 2, Meadow Brown 1 at S T 132 122, Rosslare Community Garden, Co. Wexford. Warm, breezy, sunny, 17°C.

Joe and Luke Geraty (02/07/2022)

Silver-washed Fritillary 1 at O 09863 35469, Furry Glen, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Geraldine Nee (02/07/2022)

Meadow Brown 30+ between O 216 611 and O216 608, Ardgillan Demesne, Skerries, Co Dublin. An absolute abundance of these around the fields and hedgerows today. 18 Celsius, somewhat breezy.

Geraldine Nee (03/07/2022)

Green Hairstreak 2, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 15+, Ringlet 20+ at N 751 332, Drehid Bog, Co Kildare. All apart from 1 Green Hairstreak were found along the main entrance track as it was too windy out on the open bog. Warm 18-19 Celsius but very windy, mix of sunshine and cloud.

Geraldine Nee (03/07/2022)

Large Heath 1 at N714 262, Lodge Bog, Co. Kildare. Having decided the weather was against me and that it wasn’t to be my day for Large Heath, I finally got to see one brave soul who ventured out in the wind!! About 17 Celsius but very windy, overcast.

Jim Fitzharris (03/07/2022)

Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 6; Odonata: Variable Damselfly 1, Blue-tailed Damselfly 40, Common Darter 1 female at T 062 064, Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford. Mild, breezy, sunny; 14°C.

Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 2 at T 120 958, Churchtown, Co. Wexford. Warm, breezy, bright; 16°C.

Joe Geraty (03/07/2022)

Comma 1 at  O 04730 36289, St Edmundsbury Farm, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Comma 1 at O 03906 35840, St Edmundsbury Farm, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Ringlet 1 at O 03845 35666, St Edmundsbury Farm, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Michael Gray (03/07/2022)

Comma 1 hutchinsoni female, pristine, on buddleia in my garden at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Susie Whyte (03/07/2022)

Cinnabar 1 on my porch at N4661, Crookedwood, Co. Westmeath.

Eamonn McGlinchey (05/07/2022)

Common Blue 6, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2 and larval clumps, Peacock larval clumps, Dark Green Fritillary 10, Small Heath 2 at C005 373, Lurgabrack, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal. The nettles holding the larvae were well sheltered on a SE-facing bank and stretched for at least 50 yards or more and very few were without larvae. The weather was 15 deg. windy and as usual, the sun appeared for short periods.

Sean Geraty (07/07/2022)

Purple Hairstreak 15, Comma 2 at O 10460 35717, Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Silver-washed Fritillary 3 at O 09829 35374, Furry Glen, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin. These sightings were made between 1140 am and 1 pm. Bright and sunny with gentle breezes.

Padraig Punch (07/07/2022)

Comma 1 in our garden at R5345, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick.

Frank Smyth (07/07/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 4, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Meadow Brown 54, Ringlet 37 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, 20C.

Con O’Donnell. (07/07/2022).

Common Blue 11, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Meadow Brown 14, Ringlet 5 at C 5449, Culdaff Dunes, Inishowen, Co Donegal. Very windy.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver. (07/07/2022)

Speckled Wood 10, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 25 along the path at the edge of conifer plantation at 236m at C 237047 – 241055, Mongorry, Raphoe, Co Donegal.

Con O’Donnell (07/07/2022)

Common Blue 7, Dark Green Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 12, Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1. The hawkmoth was feeding on Red Valerian at C 6743, Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (07/07/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 15 on the walk from Kiltourish gate up the hill to Mass House and back under the hill at G685963,690960, 681960, 684962, Sheskinmore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal.  16C, misty with the odd glimpse of sunshine.

Coates (08/07/2022)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1 at 6 pm at NW 62305 28466, residential area. Windless, calm, 15C.

Jesmond Harding (08/07/2022)

Common Blue 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1 (pristine male), Meadow Brown 36, Ringlet 351, Small Heath 4, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth larva 1 at N 68514 25634, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny spells, c.20C.

Green-veined White 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 3 at N 68758 25945, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Jim Fitzharris (08/07/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Large White 1, Red Admiral 6, Comma 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 6, Gatekeeper 5 (all males), Meadow Brown 15, Ringlet 30, Small Heath 8;

Odonata: Azure Damselfly 6 males and 2 females, Brown Hawker 2, Emperor 2, Four-spot Chaser 4, Common Darter 2 between T 111 259 and T 113 252, Raven Wood, Co. Wexford. Hot, calm, sunny, 22°C.

Red Admiral 4, Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 20;

Odonata: Golden-ringed Dragonfly 1 female at S 688 108, Whortle Walk, Passage East, Co. Waterford. Hot, calm, sunny, 24°C.

Essex Skipper 30, Meadow Brown, 5, Ringlet 3 at T 062 064, Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford. Warm, calm, sunny, 18°C.

Green-veined White 5, Ringlet 2 at T 079 074, Yoletown, Tacumshane, Co. Wexford. Warm, calm, sunny, 18°C.

Geraldine Nee (08/07/2022)

Comma 4, Meadow Brown 8 at T271 970, Mount Usher Gardens, Co. Wicklow. Very sunny, light breeze. 21 Celsius. Also a large number of Beautiful Demoiselles along the river banks.

Red Admiral 10+, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 2 during a late afternoon walk between T111 264 and T112 259, The Raven, Co. Wexford. Sunny, calm, 21 Celsius. 1 Red Admiral took a particular interest in me and spent quite a bit of time doing fly-by’s and almost landing on me each time.

Geraldine Nee (09/07/2022)

Red Admiral 2, Comma 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Meadow Brown 10+, Ringlet 5+ at T044 272 Eden Vale near Castlebridge, Co. Wexford. Warm, humid, 21 Celsius.

Essex Skipper 50+, Common Blue 2, Meadow Brown 10+, Ringlet 5+ at T052 132 Killinick, Co. Wexford. Warm, humid, 21 Celsius. Also, a number of whites who didn’t get close enough for me to ID properly and a large number of Burnet Moths (30+).

Essex Skipper 10, Common Blue 5, Comma 1, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 5+ at T048 270 Quarry near Castlebridge, Co. Wexford. And my first ever encounter with a Hummingbird Hawkmoth!

Jim Fitzharris (09/07/2022)

Holly Blue 1 at O 120 267, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm, sunny, 18°C.

Small Skipper 3, Holly Blue 1, Green-veined White 10, Meadow Brown 15, Ringlet 40;

Odonata: Common Hawker 2 between N 750 330 and N 757 338, Drehid, Co. Kildare. Hot, calm, bright overcast, 22°C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (09/07/2022)

Common Blue 1, Dark Green Fritillary 18, Meadow Brown 13, Ringlet 1 at C 00483747, Tramore Dunes, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal. Cloudy and bright at 17/18 C.

Sean, Luke and Joe Geraty (09/07/2022)

Essex Skipper 145 at T 06157 06314, Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford.

Jimmy Walsh (09/07/2022)

Comma 1 at O 056 302, Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin.

Stephen and Michael Bolger (09/07/2022)

Large White 3, Small White 1, Holly Blue 1 (Fresh), Green-veined White 8, Red Admiral 6, Small Tortoiseshell 12, 2 Comma 2, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 28, Ringlet 39, Golden-ringed Dragonfly 2, Brown Hawker 3, Emperor Dragonfly 2 Common Darter 2 from S688108 to S680126, from the Whortle Hill Walk, Passage East, Co. Waterford. Partly cloudy, calm, 24C.

Michael Gray (09/07/2022

Green-veined White 12+, Small Copper 2, Common Blue 18 (all on concrete embankments at both lakes with lots of wildflowers), Holly Blue 8, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 9, Comma 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 8, Speckled Wood 11, Meadow Brown 11, Ringlet 1 at O 087240, Bohernabreena Lakes, Co. Dublin.

Green-veined White 4, Holly Blue 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 3, Silver Washed Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 5, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 1 at O 101 208 Bohernabreena Lakes, Dublin.

Geraldine Nee (10/07/2022)

Dark Green Fritillary 10+, Meadow Brown 20+, Forester Moth 1 (very beautiful) between S946 053 and S950 050, Ballyteige Burrow, Co. Wexford. Very sunny, 23 Celsius, light breeze.

Geraldine Nee (11/07/2022)

Red Admiral 10, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 15+, Silver-washed Fritillary 6, Gatekeeper 10, Meadow Brown 10+ between T111 264 and T113 252, The Raven, Co. Wexford. Very sunny and warm 25 Celsius.

Stephen and Michael Bolger (10/07/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 1, Green-veined White 7, Red Admiral 5, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Silver-Washed Fritillary 1 male, Comma 22 mix of light and dark forms, Meadow Brown 18, Ringlet 25, Speckled Wood 3,  Banded Demoiselle 52, 4 Blue tailed-Damselfly 4, Brown Hawker 2 from S709505 to S732473, from Ballytiglea Bridge, River Barrow Walk, Borris, Co. Carlow. Sunny, calm, 25C.

Michael Gray (10/06/2022)

Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Comma 2 females inspecting nettles, Meadow Brown 32, Ringlet 35 at O 156260 Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Jesmond Harding (10/07/2022)

Small Skipper 30, Green-veined White 1,  Green Hairstreak 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock larvae one clump, Meadow Brown and Ringlet numerous, Small Purple-barred 1 along the track from N 75038 33053 to N 76579 34623, Drehid North, Timahoe, County Kildare. Sunny, 25C.

Sean, Luke and Joe Geraty (10/07/2022)

Purple Hairstreak 10 at O10460 35717, Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Red Admiral 1, Comma 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 9; Emperor Dragonfly 1 at O 09829 35374, Furry Glen, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin. The site was visited during the early afternoon in bright sunshine.

Steve Millar (10/07/2022)

Comma 1 at O 21942 45404, Malahide Castle Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin.

Maurice Simms (11/07/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 5, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Dark Green Fritillary 81, Meadow Brown 36, Ringlet 13, Small Heath 2, at G 684963, 686960, 688/9/957, 656955, Sheskinmore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Cloudy 23C.

Stephen Bolger and Padraig Webb (11/07/2022)

Green-veined White 12, Large White 2, 1 Small White 1, Red Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 21, Comma 3 (1 light form), Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 72, Ringlet 112, Emperor Dragonfly 1 female, first recorded on site this year, Common Darter 1, Common Coenagrion 1 at Mahon’s Farm, Skenagun, Castledermot, Co.Kildare. The Small Heath has now been lost on this site with not a single individual being recorded this year, previously in June 2006 I recorded 170 Small Heath in one field alone at this site. Also noted a huge decline in Bumblebees and Hoverfly despite plentiful wild nectaring plants. Calm, partly sunny, 23C.

Andrew and Jesmond Harding (12/07/2022)

Comma 1 hutchinsoni female on a hedge at N 91465 42063, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny spells but with extended cloudy periods, 23C.

Con O’Donnell. (12/07/2022)

Green-veined White 18, Dark Green Fritillary 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 12, Ringlet 5 at C 6744,  Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal.

Common Blue 7, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 8, Ringlet 5 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Sinead Begley (13/07/2022)

Comma 1 in a garden at O 17604 38752, Beaumont, Co. Dublin. Sunny, warm.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (13/07/2022)

Large White 1, Red Admiral 1, Ringlet about 50 at O 26172600 Dalkey Quarry, Co. Dublin. Red Admiral was a pristine very large female searching for suitable nettles on which to lay.

Red Admiral 1, Ringlet 1 at O 26352580 coastal side of Dalkey Hill, Co. Dublin.

Ethna Diver (13/07/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Common Blue 1, Dark Green Fritillary 3, Ringlet 1 at G894736, Murvagh, Donegal. Sunny, windy.

Jesmond Harding (14/07/2022)

Green Hairstreak 1 at N 75331 33356, Drehid Bog, Co. Kildare.

Comma 1 at N 75897 33931, Drehid Bog, Co. Kildare. Sunny spells, 19C.

Red Admiral laying on tender nettle leaves at N 76221 34267, Drehid Bog, Co. Kildare.

Jesmond Harding (15/07/2022)

Comma 3 close to each other, all females, egg-laying observed on south-facing nettles growing in damp, fertile soil in a ditch at N 91943 42708, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Brief sunny spell, c.23C.

Frank Smyth (15/07/2022)

Small White 1, Holly Blue 2, Comma 1, Meadow Brown 1 at O 266379, St. Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, 22C.

Robert Aldwell (15/07/2022)

Small White 2, Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 2, Comma 1 in my garden at O 220286 Blackrock, Co Dublin. One Red Admiral was very worn. Warm and about 22 C.

Geraldine Nee (15/07/2022)

Small Skipper 10, Green-veined White 5, Small Copper 2, Meadow Brown 10+, Ringlet 10+ at N 751 332, Drehid Bog, Co Kildare. Warm 21 Celsius.

Frank Smyth (16/07/2022)

Small White 7, Comma 2, one laying profusely, up to 20 eggs, Meadow Brown 22, Ringlet 17 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton Dublin 13. Sunny, 21C.

Sean and Luke Geraty (16/07/2022)

Purple Hairstreak 19, Comma 2 at O10460 35717, Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Silver-washed Fritillary 12 at O09829 35374, Furry Glen, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Comma 1 at O 04630 35297, Edmundsbury Court, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Jesmond Harding (16/07/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1 male, Meadow Brown 37, Ringlet 105, Small Heath 3; Odonata: Large Red Damselfly 1, Blue-tailed Damselfly 1, Banded Demoiselle 1,  Emperor dragonfly 1, Brown Hawker 1, Common Darter 3 at Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny, hot, light breeze, 24-25C.

Con O’Donnell. (16/07/2022)

Grayling 3, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 4 on bramble blossoms at C 6640 northeast of Golf Course, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Con O’Donnell (17/07/2022)

Green-veined White 50+, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Meadow Brown 40+, Ringlet 40+ at C 6744, Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co Donegal. The Green-veined Whites were hovering a short distance above the vegetation in warm partly cloudy conditions.

Maurice Simms (17/07/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Meadow Brown 8, Ringlet 16, at G716972 to711969, Kilclooney Lane, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 23C.

Green-veined White 5, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Ringlet 12 at G800994,803995,805996, Cleengort, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. Hazy sun, 23C.

Ringlet 8, Speckled Wood 2, at G 696986, Pound Cottage, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 23C.

Niamh Lennon (17/07/2022)

Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 1, c.45 Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars, Comma 1 basking and flying, Speckled Wood (very fresh) 1, Meadow Brown 2 at c.5.15pm at O 17209 28913, Rosemount Estate, Dundrum, Co. Dublin.

Robert Aldwell (17/07/2022)

Large White 2, Holly Blue 2, Comma 3 in my garden at O 220286 Blackrock Co Dublin. Commas two male, one female.

Eleanor Hort (17/07/2022)

Green-veined White 13, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Meadow Brown 10, Ringlet 4 at G 67288925 Meentashesk, Carrick, Co. Donegal. Best day in a largely cloudy, windy period.

Rosie Morrison (17/07/2022)

Six-spot Burnet moth 1 rescued from the water in my horse trough at J54572 82040, Springwell Road, Co. Down.

Geraldine Nee (17/07/2022)

Grayling 10+ at T 099 981, Silver Washed Fritillary 5 at 145 963, Laragh, Co. Wicklow. Very sunny and warm, 26 Celsius.

Con O’Donnell (18/07/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Common Blue 50+, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Dark Green Fritillary 2, Grayling 15, Meadow Brown 100++, Ringlet 50+ at C 408489 Doagh Isle, Co. Donegal. Very hot 22-25 C with huge numbers of Meadow Brown.

Green-veined White 11, Speckled Wood 17, Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 13 at C 5649, Redford Glebe, Culdaff, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 9, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 7 at C 5847 Ballycharry, Culdaff, Co. Donegal.

Jesmond Harding (18/07/2022)

Cryptic Wood White 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 5, Red Admiral 16, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 4, Comma 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 23, Dark Green Fritillary 2 males, Speckled Wood 3, Hedge Brown 82, Meadow Brown c.80, Ringlet c.90, Small Heath c.10, Six-spot Burnet c.20, Shaded Broad-bar 3; Odonata: Emperor Dragonfly c.10, Ruddy Darter c.10 between T 11247 26394 and T 11380 23106, The Raven, Co. Wexford. Mostly sunny, c.23C.

Small White 1, Grayling 1, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 6 at T 22009 46240, Old Bawn, Co. Wexford. I am worried that I did not find the Hedge Brown which I had seen here on several visits from 2000-2007. The fact I searched at around 2 pm when it was hot may have caused the butterfly to take cover if it is still present.

Marie B. Soffe (18/07/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 24449 39224, Sutton Park, Sutton, Co. Dublin. Very sunny, hot weather, 26 Celsius, light breeze.

Note: This Small Tortoiseshell had entered a house.  It is likely that the butterfly entered deliberately to find an over-wintering site. Some Small Tortoiseshells hibernate in July, sleeping until next March. The rest will breed and die before winter, leaving offspring that will enter hibernation.

Frank Smyth (18/07/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 3 (  two were laying ), Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 9 eggs ( in different parts of the site). Meadow Brown 12, Ringlet 7 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. 24C, stiff easterly wind, part cloudy.

Emily Hosford (18/07/2022)

Cinnabar larva 30-40 on Common Ragwort at the side of the road beside a  new road on disturbed land near a residential area at O 26012 05603, Monalin, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow.

John Lovatt (18/07/2022)

Green-veined White 6 at and around N 44235 83227 along the shore of Lough Sheelin, Co. Cavan. Sunny, 31C.

Ringlet 3 in a shaded area at N 43115 85896, Kilnahard, Co. Cavan. Sunny, 32C.

Lois Mehaffy (18/07/2022)

Comma 1 on grape vine leaf at O 20595 35839, Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Co. Dublin.

Ethna Diver (18/07/2022)

Green-veined White 6, Dark-green Fritillary 40+, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Meadow Brown 30+, Ringlet 6,  Small Heath 2 at G711 564, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.

Sean Feehan (18/07/2022)

Small White 4, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 4, Peacock 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 32, Speckled Wood 14, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 5 along the track between X2145497307 and X2266196861, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Warm and sunny.

Cóilín McLoughlin (19/07/2022)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1 at 3:30 pm at O 24071 29621, West Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin.

Frank Smyth (20/07/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Holly Blue 2, Comma 7 eggs, Speckled Wood 2 at O 274370, Carrickbrack, Howth, Co. Dublin. 20C, Partly cloudy.

Mark Hamilton (20/07/2022)

Green-veined Whites, Meadow Brown, Ringlets, Six-spot Burnet abundant at O 02678 16504, private land, Manor Kilbride, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

Ethna Diver (21/07/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Common Blue 3, Dark-green Fritillary 27,  Meadow Brown 8, Ringlet 7, Small Heath 7 at C075353, Ards Forest Park, Co. Donegal.

Con O’Donnell (21/07/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 1, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 1, at C 608408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 4, Grayling 14, Meadow Browns 3, Ringlet 7 at C 6640 Northeast of Golf Course, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 30+, Dark Green Fritillary 5, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Meadow Brown 16, Ringlet 20+, at C 6744, Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal.

Michael Gray (22/07/2022)

Green-veined White 8+, Holly Blue 6 (all Kilmashogue Lane), Red Admiral 8, Painted Lady 1 (faded), Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 5, Comma 2 (hutchinsoni female and dark male), Silver-washed Fritillary 1 male, Speckled Wood 13, Meadow Brown 53, Ringlet 64 along a hike from The Blue Light Pub Barnaculia to the bottom of Kilmashogue Lane,  midpoint reading: O 175234, Co. Dublin.

Joan Smyth (22/07/2022)

Small White 2, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1, Hummingbird Hawk Moth 1 in the back garden at O 266379, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, 19C.

John Lovatt (22/07/2022)

Small White 1, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 9, Small Heath 3 at N 40338 48559, in an area with exposed limestone at Ladestown, Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath.

Green-veined White 3, Speckled Wood 1; odonata: Brown Hawker 1 at N 37755 44238, Lilliput, Co. Westmeath.

Large White 1, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 50+, Ringlet 12; odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer 2 at N 39077 80581, east side of Lough Kinale, Co. Longford.

Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 2 beside a bog pond at N 42301 77840, Finnea, Co. Westmeath.

Sean Geraty (22/07/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1, Comma 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 2 at O 02080 35434, Lucan Demesne, Co. Dublin. Sunny and cloudy periods, c.21C.

Jesmond Harding (22/07/2022)

Brimstone 3, Silver-washed Fritillary 8, Meadow Brown c.40, Ringlet c. 40 along a track between N 68758 25758 and N 68739 26061, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Comma 1 dark form male, Silver-washed Fritillary 2 among Meadow Brown and Ringlet butterflies at N 69538 26033, Lullymore, Co, Kildare. Sunny spells, c.21C in sunshine.

Brimstone 4, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Meadow Brown 65, Ringlet 157, Small Heath 2; odonates: Common Darter c.6, Emperor dragonfly 1, Brown Hawker 1, Common Hawker 1 at and around N 68678 25660, Lullybeg, Reserve, Co. Kildare.

Maurice Simms (22/07/2022)

Green-veined White 8, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock Larva 50 on the edge of a large nettle bed, Speckled Wood 9, Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 4 at H 330984 323982, Combermore and adjoining lands at Townparks, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny 18C.

Con O’Donnell (22/07/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 4, Green-veined White 7, Small Tortoiseshell 11, Speckled Wood 5, Meadow Brown 15, Ringlet 9 at C 6239, Ballybrack, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 5, Small Copper 4, Common Blue 6, Small Tortoiseshell, 4, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 6 at C 6743, Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (22/07/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Large White 1, Holly Blue 3, Peacock 2, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 2 at O 097 264, Dodder Valley Park, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm, bright, 20°C.

Peter Garland (22/07/2022)

Large White 10 plus, Red Admiral 4, Painted Lady 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 2, 10+ Meadow Brown 10 plus, Ringlet 20 plus 13:30-14:30 at W949680, Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens, Shanagarry, County Cork. Sunny weather, c.25 Celsius.

Jim Fitzharris (23/07/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Purple Hairstreak 1, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 2, Comma 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 16, Ringlet 4 at O 105 357, Oldtown Wood, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin. Mild, breezy, overcast, 14 to 16°C.

Lois Mehaffy (23/07/2022)

Comma 3 on vine leaves at O 20595 35839, Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Co. Dublin.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (23/07/2022)

Small White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 4 at O 204334, Irishtown Nature Park, Co. Dublin. 21 C but strong southerly wind

Small White 3, Red Admiral 2, Comma 1, (pale form), Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 2, at O 1908733192, Sean Moore Park, Irishtown, Co Dublin. 23 C and sheltered.

Robert Aldwell (24/07/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 3, Holly Blue 3, Peacock 1, Comma 1 (a large female), Meadow Brown 1 in my garden at O 22062860, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. 23 C with a strong southerly wind.

Holly Blue 1, Comma 1 at O 21782849, Rockfield Park, Blackrock Co. Dublin. The Comma was laying in a large clump of nettles.

Jim Fitzharris (24/07/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Large White 1, Holly Blue 4 at O 141 292, Bushy Park, Co. Dublin. Mild, calm, bright, 16°C.

Ethna Diver (24/07/2022)

Green-veined White 6, Common Blue 6, Dark Green Fritillary 9, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 1 at G895729, Murvagh, Co. Donegal.

Ian de Brí (25/07/2022)

Cinnabar moth larva 50+ at T 27202 98362, near the riverbank, Ashford Studios, Co. Wicklow.

Lochlann O’Donnell (25/07/2022)

Six-spot burnet 10 at G 69127 76271, sand dunes at Fintra, Co. Donegal.

Sean Geraty (25/07/2022)

Comma 1 at O 04630 35297, Edmundsbury Court, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Sean Feehan (25/07/2022)

Small White 5, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 8, Peacock 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 15, Speckled Wood 10, Meadow Brown 9, Ringlet 3 along the track between X2145497307 and X2189998134, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Patches of warm sunlight.

Jonathan Shackleton (26/07/2022)

Comma 1 on Buddleia at N66-85, Lakeview, Mullagh, via Kells, County Cavan.

Con O’Donnell (26/07/2022)

Large White 1, Green-veined White 4, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Silver-washed Fritillary 28, Meadow Brown 13, Ringlet 1 at B 916189 at Dunlewey House, Gweedore, Co. Donegal. The butterflies were observed during one sunny period with the temperature reaching about 18 C. Butterflies were mostly on Buddleias in sheltered areas out of the strong wind.

Ethna Diver (26/07/2022)

Green-veined White 8, Silver-washed Fritillary. 1, Speckled Wood 2 at G932608, Knather, Ballyshannon, Co.  Donegal.

Rachel Fountain (28/07/2022)

Large White 3, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 2 in my front garden at N 87392 28419, Loughbollard, Clane, Co. Kildare. Sunny morning, 17C.

Frank Smyth (28/07/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 7, Common Blue 27, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Dark Green Fritillary 10, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Meadow Brown 5, Ringlet 2, Small Heath 2 at G 897732, Murvagh, Co. Donegal. Sunny, calm, 21C.

Maurice Simms (28/07/2022)

Green-veined White 12, Common Blue 7, Painted Lady 1, Dark Green Fritillary 45, Grayling 6, Meadow Brown 314, Ringlet 15, Six-Spot Burnet Moth 76, Cinnabar Moth 33, at G 684964,691960,687958,687952,681948, Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny all day, 20C.

Maria Fernanda García (28/07/2022)

Six-spot Burnet moth 1 at N 73886 12868, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Con O’Donnell (28/07/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 1, at C 608408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 5, Small Copper 3, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 3 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 40+, Common Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Dark Green Fritillary 4, Meadow Brown 12, Ringlet 9 along a walk of about 2 km at C 6744 Portkill, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.  18C but windy.

Jim Fitzharris (28/07/2022)

Purple Hairstreak 4 at O 260 113, Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow. Mild, calm, bright, overcast, 13 to 15°C.

Ethna Diver (28/07/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Red Admiral 1, at C213085, Knockbrack, Co. Donegal.

John Lovatt (28/07/2022)

Comma 1 at O 21796 50746 in Newbridge Park, Co. Dublin.

Ethna Diver (29/07/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Small Tortoiseshell 10, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 2, at C213084, Knockbrack, Co. Donegal.

Robert Aldwell and Niamh Lennon (29/07/2022)

Holly Blue 1, Comma 2, Meadow Brown 1 at O 212182 – 218179 Knocksink, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Cloudy and calm and 19 C but no sun.

Jesmond Harding (29/07/2022)

Brimstone 8, Small White 1, Green-veined White 5, Small Copper 1, Peacock 6, Silver-washed Fritillary 4, Marsh Fritillary larval nest 1, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 46, Ringlet 45; odonata: Blue-tailed Damselfly 1, Common Darter c.20, Common Hawker c.6, Brown Hawker c.8, Emperor Dragonfly 3 at and around N 68678 25660, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare.

Brimstone 2, Large White 1, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Comma 1; odonata: Brown Hawker 1, Common Darter 2 on and near Spear Thistles at N 69560 26044, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare. Sunny spells, c.21C.

Michael Gray (29/07/2022)

Large White 2, Holly Blue 4, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 2, Comma 1 dark form, Speckled Wood 1 in my garden at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.

John Lovatt (29/07/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 3, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 4 at N 394679, Lough Derrevaragh, Co. Westmeath.

Hannah Dwyer (30/07/2022)

Cinnabar moth larvae 37 at X10425 82799, Lismore, Co. Waterford. Rain, mild, 19C.

Jesmond Harding (31/07/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 7, Small Copper 2, Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 3, Comma 3, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 1 between N 92078 42722 and N 91492 41833, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny spells, calm, 18C.

Frank and Joan Smyth (31/07/2022)

Green-veined White 8, Peacock 1, Silver Washed Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 1 at G 932607 Knather wood, near Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. 18C, sunny.

Helen Cloney (31/07/2022)

Large White 10, Small White 6, Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 5, Red Admiral 20+, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 8, Comma 3, Silver-washed Fritillary 6, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 6, Ringlet 9 at
S 899940 Caim, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

This covers a variety of habitats including a garden gone wild, bird meadows and the edge of a deciduous wood and many Buddleias and other semi-wild rich nectar sources. Numbers should be best regarded as relative except for those with smaller figures. Today was unusually warm (about 22C). It has been dry in recent weeks in this part of Ireland but on most days there has been a strong cold wind.

Sean Geraty (01/08/2022)

Large White 1, Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 1, Peacock 2 in the morning in my garden at O 04630 35297, Edmundsbury Court, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Sunny.

Noelle Noonan (01/08/2022)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1 at W 07265 88293, Cools, Headford, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Niamh Lennon (01/08/2022)

Small White 2, Green-veined White 4, Peacock 1, Comma 1 at O 26720 16139, Kilruddery, Southern Cross Road, Co. Wicklow.

Jim Fitzharris (01/08/2022)

Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 6, Holly Blue 3, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 5, Meadow Brown 4 at O 120 262, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm, bright, 20°C.

Sean Feehan (02/08/2022)

Painted Lady 1 sheltering on the pier at X2940492546, Ballinacourty, Co. Waterford, windy morning, mist on sea and mountains.

Green-veined white 2, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 14, Peacock 5, Silver-washed Fritillary 16, Speckled Wood 3,  Comma 2 along the track between X2145497307 and X2189998134, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Windy with patches of warm sunlight. Mostly nectaring on Buddleia.

Robert Aldwell (02/08/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 6, Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 6, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 22052862 in my garden in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Very warm in the afternoon with temperatures of close to 25 C. The butterflies were very active and particularly attracted to Eupatorium. Three Holly Blues were still flying at 19:06 hours and one still flying at 19:25 hours.

Jim Fitzharris (03/08/2022)

Essex Skipper 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 1 at T 062 064, Tacumshin, Co. Wexford. Mild, calm sunny, 22°C.

Essex Skipper 2, Large White 1, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 5, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 2 at S 985 203, Carraigfoyle, Co. Wexford. Hot, calm, sunny, 22°C.

Jim Fitzharris (04/08/2022)

Common Blue 10, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Grayling 2, Meadow Brown 80 at S 948 053, Ballyteigue, Co, Wexford. Warm, breezy, sunny, 19°C.

Jim Dennison (04/08/2022)

Comma 1 light form on Verbena in my garden at 10:45 am at R46219 54595, Ballyculhane, Kildimo, Co. Limerick.

Con O’Donnell (04/07/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Grayling 11, Meadow Brown 100+, Ringlet 15 at B 802246 Magheraclogher, Gweedore, Co. Donegal. Very windy so butterflies mainly in sheltered hollows.

Niamh Lennon, Bob Aldwell and Frank Smyth (04/08/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 6, Green-veined White 4, Common Blue 1, Holly Blue 6, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 5, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 12 at O 268372, Red Rock Sutton, Dublin 13. 18C, part cloudy.

Sean Feehan (04/08/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 5, Peacock 4, Silver-washed Fritillary 8, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 10 between X2145497307 and X2266196861, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Cloudy and windy, patches of sunshine.

Con O’Donnell (05/08/2022)

Large White 3, Small White 4, Green-veined White 5, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 2 at C 648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (05/08/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Wall Brown 2, Meadow Brown 12 at G 679965, 678965, near Kiltourish Chapel, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Bright Cloudy 15C.

Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 4 at G 696986 Eden, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods 16C.

Peacock 1, (nectaring on white buddleia), Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 4 at G 696986 Pound Cottage Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny Periods 15C.

Ethna Diver (05/08/2022)

Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Speckled Wood 3 at C086392, Ards Friary, Co. Donegal.

Geraldine Nee (05/08/2022)

Small Copper 2, Speckled Wood 2, Grayling 3, Meadow Brown 20+, Ringlet 2, Small Heath 2 between R 305 943 and R 306 946 Knockaunroe, Co. Clare. Some cloud, mostly sunny 19 Celsius.

Geraldine Nee (06/08/2022)

Brown Hairstreak 7, Small Copper 2, Common Blue 3, Speckled Wood 1, Grayling 5, Meadow Brown 20+, Small Heath 4 between R300 942 and R304 943, Knockaunroe, Co. Clare. A mix of sunshine and clouds, breezy, circa 18 Celsius. Brown Hairstreak numbers were across 2 walks – 2 in the morning as part of the BCI walk and 5 in the afternoon (including 1 female).

Frank and Joan Smyth (06/08/2022)

Large white 2, Small White 5, Holly Blue 9, Red Admiral 10, Peacock 28, Meadow Brown 3 at O 237411, Baldoyle Race Park, Dublin 13. 19C, sunny.

Maurice Simms (06/08/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Small Copper 1, Common Blue (male) 1, Dark-green Fritillary 1, Meadow Brown 15, Ringlet 2, at G 674971, in a small sheltered valley on the south shore of Kiltourish Lake, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal . Fresh westerly wind, 16C.

Green-veined White 1, Small Copper 1, Peacock 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 4, at G 751989, in Una Browne’s Garden, Ballyeriston, near Clooney, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods 16C.

Ethna Diver (06/08/22)

Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 7, Speckled Wood 3 at C213084, Knockbrack, Co. Donegal.

Anthony Bennis (06/08/2022)

Cinnabar moth larvae in my garden at W0772, Tivoli, Co. Cork.

Jamie Cahalane (06/08/2022)

Cinnabar larvae 6 at O 2637, Red Rock, near Howth, Co. Dublin.

Jesmond Harding (06/08/2022)

Small Copper 3, Common Blue 2, Brown Hairstreak 5 (female 1), Speckled Wood c.6, Grayling 3, Meadow Brown 28, Ringlet 2, Small Heath 2 between R 30322 94432 and R 29846 94242, Knockaunroe, Co. Clare. Sunny, breezy, c.17C.

Jesmond and Andrew Harding (06/08/2022)

Painted Lady 1, Grayling c.40, Small Heath 2; odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer 3, Common Darter c.20 between R 31979 94726 and R 32759 95656, Blue Hiking trail to the summit of Mullaghmore, Burren National Park, Co. Clare. Sunny and breezy, c.19C.

Jim Fitzharris (06/08/2022)

Small White 1, Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 2, Comma 1, Meadow Brown 1 at T 062 064, Tacumshin, Co. Wexford. Hot, breezy, sunny, 22°C.

Sean Feehan (06/08/2022)

Green-veined White 6, Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 8, Peacock 10, Silver-washed Fritillary 13, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 1 between X2145497307 and X2266196861, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Cloudy, warm.

Jim Fitzharris (07/08/2022)

Large White 1, Red Admiral 4, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 4 at T 134 121, Rosslare Community Garden, Co. Wexford. Warm, calm, sunny, 20°C.

Jesmond and Andrew Harding (07/08/2022)

Holly Blue 2, Wall Brown 3, Meadow Brown c.20 between M 22992 05204 and M 24145 07022, Ballyvaughan Loop Walk, near Aillwee, Co. Clare. Sunny, c.19C.

Anthony Mooney (07/08/2022)

Large white 2 (Also 4 batches of eggs and some full-grown larvae on Nasturtiums), Small White 10, Green-veined White 4, Common Blue 2, 1 male, 1 female), Holly Blue 6, Red Admiral 5, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 10 ( also 4 lots of larvae on fresh nettles), Peacock 3, Comma 3, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 1 at N 9134 Bryanstown, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Pat O’Donnell (07/08/2022)

Silver-washed Fritillary 8 at B 916189 Dunlewey House, Gweedore, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (08/08/2022),

Large White 2, Common Blue 7, Holly Blue 4, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1, Wall Brown 1, Grayling 9, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath 1 at O 294366, Baily Lighthouse to Lions Head, Cliff Walk, Howth, Co. Dublin. 21C Sunny.

Bruce Carrick (08/08/2022)

Comma 2 in our garden at R 70839 73649, Boru Court, Ballina, Co. Tipperary.

Tom Kavanagh (08/08/2022)

Common Blue c.100 at O 24898 52546, Portrane Burrow, Co. Dublin.

Jim Fitzharris (08/08/2022)

Purple Hairstreak 4 at O 232 165, Cookstown, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Co. Wicklow. Hot, calm, sunny, 20-22°C.

Sean Feehan (08/08/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Red Admiral 6, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 9, Silver-washed Fritillary 14, Speckled Wood 2 between X2145497307 and X2266196861, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Sunny conditions.

Eamonn McGlinchey (09/08/2022)

Silver-washed Fritillary 3 at C050 150, Claggan, Churchill, Co. Donegal.

Geraldine Nee (09/08/2022)

Wall Brown 5 at O 253 495, along the cliff at Donabate, Co. Dublin.

Frank Smyth (09/08/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Common Blue 29, Grayling 3, Meadow Brown 6 at O 224356, Bull Island (Wooden Bridge end), Dublin. 22C, Sunny, light breeze.

Maurice Simms (09/08/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Speckled Wood 13, Ringlet 2 at G799994, 800994, Cleengort Lane, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 23C.

Red Admiral 2, Peacock 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 3,( all on Yellow and Purple Buddleia), Speckled Wood 1 at G 792981, Mulinamin, Gweebara Co. Donegal Sunny, 23 C.

Geraldine Nee (09/08/2022)

Large White 6, Green-veined White 10+, Common Blue 4, Wall Brown 5, Meadow Brown 2 between O 251 492 and O 253 496, Cliff Walk, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Sunny, light breeze. 24 Celsius.

Geraldine Nee (10/08/2022)

Purple Hairstreak 10, Holly Blue 5+ at O 220 175, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Very warm 27-28 Celsius. More than a little delighted to have spotted my first purple hairstreak!

Maurice Simms (10/08/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Small Copper 1, Peacock 5, Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 13, Ringlet 2 at G 716972 to G 711969, Kilclooney Lane, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny 20 C.

Anne Cowley (10/08/2022)

Wall Brown 1 in my garden at N 88478 12610, Harristown, Co. Kildare.

Con O’Donnell (10/08/2022)

Large White 1, Green-veined White 5, Common Blue 30+, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 11, Dark Green Fritillary 2, Grayling 8, Meadow Brown 50+, Ringlet 2, at C 422518 northeast end of Doagh Isle, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal. Common Blues were unusually small.

Green-veined White 3, Common Blue 18, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 7, Grayling 4, Meadow Brown 30+, Ringlet 1 at C 398523 northwest end of Doagh Isle, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal.

Large White 3, Small White 2, Green-veined White 5, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 6, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 1 at C 648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (10/08/2022)

Common Blue 10, Holly Blue 2, Brown Hairstreak 4, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 4, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 20 at R 378 914, Castlequarter, Co. Clare. Very hot, calm, sunny, 27°C.

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 1 at R 353 863, Dromore Woods, Co. Clare. Very hot, calm, sunny, 25°C.

Small Copper 1, Meadow Brown 4 at R 336 907, Lough George, Co. Clare. Hot, calm, sunny, 24°C.

Jim Fitzharris (11/08/2022)

Grayling 2 at M 233 035, Ballyallaban, Co. Clare. Hot, calm, sunny, 23°C.

Brimstone 1, Small Copper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 1, Wall Brown 2, Meadow Brown 2 at R 375 959, Poulroe, Co. Clare. Very hot, calm, sunny, 27°C.

Brimstone 1, Common Blue 1, Brown Hairstreak 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Speckled Wood 6, Wall Brown 1, Meadow Brown 25, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 2 at R 305 945, Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Very hot, calm, sunny, 27°C.

Brimstone 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 4, Meadow Brown 2 at R 342 968, Coorloorta, Co. Clare. Very hot, calm, sunny, 27°C.

Green-veined White 1, Brown Hairstreak 2, Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Speckled Wood 15, Wall Brown 5, Meadow Brown 25, at M 366 025, Tulla, Co. Clare. Very hot, calm, sunny, 25-26°C.

Con O’Donnell (11/08/2022)

Large White 1, Green-veined White 25+, Small Copper 2, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 9, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 9, Ringlet 2 at C 6341 Ballymacarthur, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (11/08/2022)

Peacock 2, Wall Brown 8, Grayling 8, Meadow Brown 11, at G 651/2/ 928/9, 649929, 659925 at Crockacooan, Loughros Point, Co. Donegal. Sunny 20C.

Wall Brown 6, at 664/5/932, 666930 at Trabane, Loughros Point, Co. Donegal. Sunny 20C.

Sean Feehan (11/08/2022)

Holly Blue 1 nectaring on red Achillea flower in my back garden at O 20660 36227, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

Maurice Simms (12/08/2022)

Peacock 1, Wall Brown 11 at B 737/8/9/200/1 on rocky outcrops on the other side of the road from the graveyard in the middle of Cruit Island, Co. Donegal. Sunny, northwest breeze, 20/23C.

Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 1, Peacock 15, Wall Brown 33, Grayling 11, Meadow Brown 11 at B 726/8/9/201,721/2/4/201,728201, along a rough track and on to Aughnish Point on the south side of Cruit Island Co. Donegal. Sunny, light northwest wind, 21/25C.

Note: the island is no longer farmed, and no fertilisers are used. This will be an advantage to butterflies in the short-term at least, but some grazing may be needed to maintain the habitats.

Con O’Donnell (12/08/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 4, Green-veined White 5, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 2 Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 2 at C 6439 Ballybrack, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1, Grayling 1, Meadow Brown 2 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Eamonn McGlinchey (12/08/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3 and larval clump 1, Peacock 5, Meadow Brown 6 at B 663 156, Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal.

Common Blue 2, Speckled Wood 2, Wall Brown 6, Meadow Brown 12 at B 681 142, Arranmore Island Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (12/08/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Dark Green Fritillary 2 (faded & worn), Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 10, Meadow Brown 5 between T 096 963 and T 111 964, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Very hot, calm, sunny, 26°C.

Silver-washed Fritillary 2, Speckled Wood 4 at T 158 970, Trooperstown, Co. Wicklow, Very hot, calm, sunny, 26°C.

Eamonn McGlinchey (13/08/2022)

Meadow Brown 40, Small Heath 2 at  B 997 379, Lurgabrack, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal.

Con O’Donnell (13/08/2022)

Green-veined White 18, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 11, Meadow Brown 3, Ringlet 1 at C 6341 Ballymacarthur, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Anthony Mooney (13/08/2022)

Large White 2, Common Blue 2, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 3, Small Tortoiseshell 40+, Peacock 2, Meadow Brown 1 at N 9134, Bryanstown, Maynooth, Co Kildare. The weather is still very hot in the mid-20s. The butterflies mostly feed on Creeping Thistles.

Maurice Simms and Ruth Barton (13/08/2022)

Large White 1, Peacock 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 4, Meadow Brown 1, at G 673974 Eden, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 22C.

Maurice Simms (13/08/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Small Copper 5, Peacock 1, Wall Brown 3, Meadow Brown 39 at G 679965, 678965, Kiltourish Chapel, Kiltourish, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, Light north-west wind 21C.

Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 8, at G674971 in the sheltered valley on the south shore of Kiltourish Lake, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 22C.

Red Admiral 1, (my first here this year), Peacock 3, all on purple Buddleia, Speckled Wood 1 ( flying in the sunroom) Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 2 at G 696986, Pound Cottage, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 22C.

Jim Fitzharris (14/08/2022)

Small Copper 1, Common Blue 15, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Grayling 8, Meadow Brown 20 at S 949 051, Ballyteigue, Co. Wexford. Very hot, calm, sunny, 26°C.

Sean Feehan (15/08/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Red Admiral 4, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 2, Comma 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 11, Speckled Wood 13, between X2145497307 and X2266196861, Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Warm and humid conditions.

Con O’Donnell (16/08/2022)

Large White 9 (6 female), Small White 4, Green-veined White2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 25+, Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 3 at C 606385, Bredagh Glen River Walk, Moville, Co. Donegal. This walk is no longer functioning – and is mostly overgrown. The Large White and Speckled Wood benefits.

Ethna Diver ( 17/08/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Peacock 16 (basking on dry grass and vegetable beds), Red Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Speckled Wood 3, at C213084, Knockbrack, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Niamh Lennon (19/08/2022)

Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 6 in the wildflower meadow and Red Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 3 on Hemp Agrimony in the herbaceous border at T 24513 88102, Kilmacurragh, Co. Wicklow. Sunny.

Maurice Simms and Alison Mc Allister (19/08/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 15, Speckled Wood 8, at H 330984 in the garden at Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Sunny, 20 C.

Con O’Donnell (20/08/2022)

Large White1, Green-veined White 2, Small Copper 7, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 11, Grayling 1, Meadow Brown 1, Ringlet 1 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Large White 1, Small White 2, Green-veined White 2, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 8, at C 648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Jim Fitzharris (20/08/2022)

Green-veined White 10, Small Copper 1 (worn), Small Tortoiseshell 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1 (worn), Small Heath 2 at O 009 150, Glenasmole, Co. Dublin. Warm, calm, sunny, 20°C.

Jim Fitzharris (21/08/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Small Copper 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Speckled Wood 10 at between O 011 146 and O 009 150, Poulaphouca, Co. Wicklow. Hot, calm, sunny, 22°C.

Frank and Joan Smyth (21/08/2022)

Small White 2, Common Blue 8, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 2 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. 20C, light breeze.

Small White 1, Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 3, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O 266326, St. Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin 13.

Jesmond Harding (21/08/2022)

Brimstone 10, Large White 1, Small Copper 3, Common Blue 4, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 15, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 1 at and around N 68678 25660, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny, very light breeze, 19C.

I am surprised by the very low Peacock population here and elsewhere this summer.

Brimstone 2, Common Blue 2, Painted Lady 2, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 1 at the top of the track at N 69540 26035, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare.

Small Tortoiseshell c.20 on Creeping Thistles at N 69560 26203, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare.

Small White 1, Large White 1, Green-veined White 1, Small Copper 2, Common Blue 3, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Speckled Wood 2 in my garden at N 91845 43588, Mulhussey, Co. Meath.

Stephen Franck (21/08/2022)

Green-veined White 7, Small Copper 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Speckled Wood 1 at T 18470 91339, Clara Vale, Co. Wicklow.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (22/08/2022)

Small White 2, Red Admiral1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 12 on Buddleia at C 1816411247 Letterkenny Butterfly Garden, Co. Donegal. Sunny interval and 18 C.

Con O’Donnell (23/08/2022)

Green-veined White 3, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 7, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 20+ at B 916189 on the grounds of Dunlewey House, Gweedore, Co. Donegal. Sunny and 18/19 C.

Robert Aldwell and Con O’Donnell (26/08/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 4. Grayling 3, Meadow Brown 15, at B 799249/800249 Magheraclogher, Gweedore, Co. Donegal. Cloudy bright and 15C. Due to the low temperature the butterflies only flew when disturbed.

Robert Aldwell and Con O’Donnell (26/08/2022)

Common Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 9, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Grayling 4, Wall Brown 25+, Meadow Brown 6 at B 739198 Cruit Island, The Rosses, Co. Donegal. Calm, sunny 18/19 C.

Wall Brown 7 at B 733203 Cruit Island, Co. Donegal.

Note
What an experience! To see this beautiful west Donegal butterfly paradise of Cruit Island in perfect weather and observe numerous Wall Brown in ideal unspoiled habitat on the sheltered southeast of this island which I first visited over seventy years ago!

Adrian Noonan (28/08/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 10 on Nepeta at 13.30 pm at R 5409, Bregogue, Buttevant, Co. Cork. Sunny, c.21C, light breeze.

Jesmond Harding (28/08/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 46, Marsh Fritillary larval nests 73, Speckled Wood 2, Meadow Brown 1 at and adjoining N 68665 25670, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Cloudy but bright, 19C, light breeze.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (28/08/2022)

Green-veined White 8, Red Admiral 6, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 110, Speckled Wood 10, Meadow Brown 1 at C 236047-245054 Mongorry, Raphoe, Co Donegal. Calm and 20 C. An approx. 1 km transect along a track through a conifer plantation near the top of an isolated hill at 230 -250 m. Main interest is to check Peacock numbers. Nectar sources Devils-bit Scabious with some Knapweed and Brambles. The Peacock total of 110 is much as to be expected at such a site in Donegal.

Maurice Simms (28/08/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Peacock 6, Speckled Wood 2 at G 673974, Eden house and grounds, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny.

Michael Gray (29/08/2022)

Small White 1, Holly Blue  1(tattered), Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 in my garden at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.

Con O’Donnell (29/08/2022)

Green-veined White 6, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 11, Speckled Wood 10 at C 5740, Cooly, Moville, Co. Donegal.

Large White 2, Green-veined White 3, Small Copper 1, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 11, Speckled Wood 11, Grayling 1, Meadow Brown 1, at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 12, Speckled Wood 6 at C 648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

John Lovatt (29/08/2022)

Small White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 2 at N4435 -6601, Lough Derravaragh (Faughstown), Co. Westmeath.

Frank Smyth (30/08/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 2, Common Blue 1 ( a very small, mostly brown, female), Holly Blue 2, Red Admiral 3 ( one aberration, ab.ocellata; there is a white spot in the red band on the forewing upperside), Speckled Wood 4 at O 280361, Ceanncor Road/ Cliff Walk, Howth, Co. Dublin. 22C, Sunny.

Michael Gray (30/08/2022)

Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 3 at O 156260, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.

Niamh Lennon (30/08/2022)

Large White 1, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 17, Peacock 1 at O 21763 61283, Ardgillan Castle, Skerries, Co. Dublin. There is a wonderful selection of flowers to nectar on – Mint, Sedum, Buddleia – 2 varieties – yellow and purple, Verbena bonariensis, perennial Wallflower, etc.

Maurice Simms (30/08/2022)

Red Admiral 4. Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 8. Speckled Wood 7 at H 330984, Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny 20C.

Red Admiral 2 on Yellow Buddleia until 7.30 pm. at G 696986, Pound Cottage, Lakagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 19C.

Maurice Simms (30/08/2022)

Peacock 2, Wall Brown 4, Meadow Brown 7 at B 714182 Bent Island, Arlaands Strand near Burtonport, Co. Donegal. Sunny 21C.

Bruce Carrick (31/08/2022)

Red Admirals, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks at R70839 73649, Boru Court, Ballina, Co. Tipperary. Sunny, light breeze.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (31/08/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 55, Peacock 33 at G 8967342 Murvagh, Co. Donegal. 20 C. At the interface of machair and pine trees. In a sheltered area of about 100m2 where at present the full bloom Devil’s-bit scabious is tall and dominant. In some 45 mins, we counted 55 Tortoiseshell and 33 Peacock. Based on estimates for earlier years a bit above average for SMT and a bit below for Peacock.

Con O’Donnell (31/08/2022)

Green-veined White. 2, Common Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 4 at C 6743 Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (01/09/2022)

Large White 2, Small White 2, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 5, Silver-washed Fritillary 5, Speckled Wood 8 at G 932607, Knather Wood, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. 21 C, sunny.

Jesmond Harding (01/09/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Small Copper 1, Holly Blue 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 12 between N 92078 42722 and N 91492 41833 along Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny spells, 19C.

Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Speckled Wood 1 in my garden at N 92082 42493, Mulhussey, Co. Meath.

Small White 1, Speckled Wood c.8, Meadow Brown 1 at and near N 69459 26028, Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Marsh Fritillary larval nests 20 at and around N 69289 26065, IPCC reserve, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare.

Common Blue 2, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Marsh Fritillary larval nests 7 between N 69256 26003 and N 69273 25783, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare.

Marsh Fritillary larval nests 4 between N 69093 25666 and N 68842 25647, Lullymore-Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Marsh Fritillary Larval nests as follows: 3 at N 68752 25769, 2 at N 68782 25689, 4 at N 68720 25727, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Con O’Donnell. (01/09/2022)

Green-veined White 5, Small Tortoiseshell 27, Peacock 6, Speckled Wood 5 at C 6440 near the Harbour at Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Feasting on fresh Red Valarian. Warm, calm, and 20 C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (01/09/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 15, Silver-washed Fritillary (worn and faded) 3, Speckled Wood 2, at C 08133543 Ards Forest, Creeslough, Co. Donegal. Warm and sheltered 20 C. Mostly on Devil’s-bit Scabious.

Maurice Simms (01/09/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 2, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Speckled Wood 4 at G 745984 Bonny Glen, Clooney, Co. Donegal. Sunny 20C.

Green-veined White 3, Speckled Wood 6, Meadow Brown 2 at G 716972 to G 711969, Kilclooney Lane, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny 21C.

Small Copper 1, Peacock 2 at G696984, Pound Cottage, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal, Sunny 21C.

Grace Meenan (02/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1 at B 8546 Tory Island, Co. Donegal. Basking on rocks with wings closed.

Ciarán Flynn and Enda Flynn (02/09/2022)

Small White 2, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 1, Painted Lady 1, Common Blue 1, Grayling 1, Speckled Wood 11, Meadow Brown 7; Odonata: Brown Hawker 3, Common Darter 18 between R 3072 9445 and R 3030 9435 at Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Cloudy with some brighter spells, light winds, c.15-16C.

White sp. 2, Speckled Wood 6, Meadow Brown 4, Odonata: Common Hawker 2 at R 301 943, Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Cloudy with some sunny spells, light winds, c.17C.

Grayling 3 between R 3040 9449 and R 3150 9450 at Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Cloudy with a moderate breeze, c 16-17C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (04/09/2022)

Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 8, Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 35, Speckled Wood 6 at C 23780489 – 24100551, Mongorry, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. 16 C and intermittent sun.

Con O’Donnell (05/09/2022)

Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 19, Peacock 1 at C 6743 Portkill, Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal. Warm and windy.

Green-veined White 6, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 2 Speckled Wood 2 at C 4527 Iskaheen, Muff, Co, Donegal.

Robert Aldwell (05/09/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Speckled Wood 1, Meadow Brown 4 at C 125377 Island Roy, Carrigart, Co Donegal. 19 C but strong wind.

Jesmond Harding (05/09/2022)

Large White 1, Green-veined White 2, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 10, Speckled Wood 3 in my garden at N 92082 42493, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, c.17C.

Maurice Simms (05/09/2022)

Silver-washed Fritillary 8, Speckled Wood 10 at G 797994,G 800994,G 804984, Cleengort Lane, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. Sunny, Sheltered from a fresh east wind, 21C.

Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 4 at B 890068, B 887068, Adderwal, Glen, Doohary, Co. Donegal. Sunny, Fresh east wind,21C.

Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Speckled Wood 3 at G 751989, in Una Brown’s garden Ballyeriston near Clooney, Co. Donegal. Sunny 21C.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (05/09/2022)

Small Copper 1 (very worn), Speckled Wood 1 at C 237455 Pollet, Fanad, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (06/09/2022

Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 16, at G 688961, 688958,687953/6, 690959 Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Fresh easterly wind, sunny periods, 18 C.

Maurice Simms (09/09/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Speckled Wood 1 at G 673974, Eden, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny spells 19C.

Red Admiral 1, on Yellow Buddleia at G 696986, Pound Cottage, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods 19C.

Gillian Field (09/09/2022)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1 in my garden at O 03525 40892, Summerseat, Clonee, Co. Meath.

Jesmond Harding (10/09/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 3, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 12 between N 91829 42696 and N 91479 41865, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Mainly sunny, calm, c.18C.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (10/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 10 at C349 026, Porthall, Lifford, Co. Donegal.

Con O’Donnell. (10/09/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1 at C 648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Co. Donegal.

Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 3, Small Tortoiseshell 17, Peacock 8, Speckled Wood 4 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal mostly on fresh Red Valarian.

Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 4, Silver-washed Fritillary 5, Speckled Wood 2 at B 916189 near Dunlewey House, Gweedore, Co. Donegal.

Eleanor Hort (10/09/2022)

Green-White 3, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 1 at G 67288925, Meentashesk, Carrick, Co. Donegal.

Craig Ayers (10/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 4 at G 849831 Lettermore, Inver, Co Donegal. It is an unusually cold and late butterfly year in this inland site on the south-facing slopes of the Blue Stacks. Most butterflies appeared in small numbers due to cold and wind.

George McDermott (10/09/2022)

Large White 2, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 2, Small Tortoiseshell 30, Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 3, at C346 314, Amazing Grace Park, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

Large White 3, Red Admiral 3, Small Tortoiseshell 25, Peacock 5, Speckled Wood 6 at C347 328 Swan Park, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

Large white 2, Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 2, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 15, Peacock 3, Speckled wood 3 at C362 323 Aghilly, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

Lifeguard Station (11/09/2022)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1 at lifeguard station at O 233 368, on Bull Island, Co. Dublin.

Eithne Diver (12/09/2022)

Green-veined White 2, Small White 8, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 20+, Speckled Wood 2, at G8058 – G8158, Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (12/09/2022)

Silver-washed Fritillary (faded) 2, Speckled Wood 9 at G 800994, Cleengort Lane, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. Cloudy with glimpses of sun, 19C.

Large White larvae 10 on Nasturtiums at H 330984, Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Sunny periods.

Maurice Simms (13/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1, (on Yellow Buddleia), Small Tortoiseshell 20, (on Yellow Buddleia, Rudbeckia, and Purple Bowles Wallflower,) Peacock 1, ( on Yellow Buddleia), Speckled Wood 3 at H 330984, Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 18C.

Con O’Donnell (13/09/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 3, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 5, Speckled Wood 3 at C 648408 at Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. A sunny afternoon and 17 C.

Large White 4, Green-veined White 2, Red Admiral 5, Painted Lady 6, Small Tortoiseshell 20+, Peacock 7, Speckled Wood 9, at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Warm and sheltered with plentiful nectar sources including Red Valerian, Veronica, and various daisies.

Geraldine Nee (12/09/2022)

Small White 1, Common Blue 1, Speckled Wood 15+, Meadow Brown 2 along the Lough Avalla Loop Walk (R294 946), Burren Co. Clare. The weather started overcast but improved throughout the afternoon. Mild, no breeze.

Geraldine Nee (13/09/2022)

Small White 10, Red Admiral 30+, Small Tortoiseshell 30+ between R013 895 and R040 920 on the Cliffs of Moher Coastal walk, Co. Clare. Mild breeze and very warm – circa 20 Celsius. Both the Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshells were very fresh looking and extremely active.

Sean Feehan (14/09/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 12, Painted Lady 2, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Comma 1 at X 04744 98717, Lismore Castle Gardens, Co. Waterford. Warm and sunny.

Jesmond Harding (15/09/2022)

Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 40, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 5 at and near N 68669 25655, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Dull, light breeze, 16C.

Red Admiral 18, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 1 between N 69190 25682 and N 68806 25644, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Brief sunny spell, 16C.

Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 3, Speckled Wood 3 at N 69521 26036, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare.

Anne Cowley (15/09/2022)

Comma 1 feeding on Ragwort, Speckled Wood 1, around Silver Birch both at N885127, garden, Dunnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Cloudy, c.17C.

Anne Cowley (16/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Tortoiseshell 2, on Verbena, Hummingbird hawk moth 1 on Verbena at N885127, garden, Dunnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Sunny, c.17C.

Jane and Jesmond Harding (16/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 54 between N 96446 10986 and N 97367 12301, Greenway path along and near the western shore of Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow. Intermittent sunshine, cool, northerly breeze, 14C.

Frank Smyth (16/09/2022)

Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 4 ( on Ivy), Speckled Wood 1 at O 282364, Cliff Path, Needles area, Howth Co. Dublin. 17C, Sunny.

Maurice Simms (16/09/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 11 at H 330984 in the garden at Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods, 15C.

Con O’Donnell (16/09/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 3, Small Tortoiseshell 33, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 7 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Two Painted Lady on Valerian and one on heather.

Geraldine Nee (16/09/2022)

Red Admiral 2, Wall Brown 2 at M325 038 on Slieve Carran, Burren, Co. Clare. Sunny, Warm, 18 Celsius. Not much breeze. Wall Browns were very tattered.

Con O’Donnell (17/09/2022)

Large White 6, Small White 4, Green-veined White 1, Red Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 21, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 8 at C6540 Shore Path, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. 15 C and calm.

Jesmond Harding (17/09/2022)

Small Copper 3 (one female was pristine), Red Admiral 6, Comma 5, Speckled Wood 10  between N 91829 42696 and N 91479 41865, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Mainly sunny, calm, c.15C.

Pat O’Donnell (17/09/2022)

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 4 at B 916189 near Dunlewey House, Gweedore, Co. Donegal.

Andrew and Jesmond Harding (18/09/2022)

Green-veined White 1, Small Copper 1, Red Admiral 6, Comma 8, Speckled Wood 10  between N 91829 42696 and N 91479 41865, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, calm, c.16C.

Frank Smyth (18/09/2022)

Red Admiral 9, Painted Lady 1, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O 284366, Cliff Path, Ceannchor Road area, Howth, Co. Dublin. Sunny, calm, 16C.

Red Admiral 5, Painted Lady 1 at O 274370, Carrickbrack, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Shirley O’Neill (18/09/2022)

Comma 1 male on ivy at R 58128 60841 beside the River Shannon near Partenn, Co. Clare.

Jim Dennison (18/09/2022)

Comma 1 on Sedum in my garden at 10:45 am at R46219 54595, Ballyculhane, Kildimo, Co. Limerick.

Sean Geraty (18/09/2022)

Red Admiral 20, Painted Lady 2 at X 94905 97192, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford. Bright, sunny weather.

Red Admiral 23 on ivy at T 12659 05554, Churchtown, Co. Wexford.

Jesmond Harding (20/09/2022)

Brimstone 1, Red Admiral 41, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Comma 5, Speckled Wood 3 at and near N 68669 25655, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 16C.

Brimstone 1, Small White 1, Red Admiral 12, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 3, Vapourer Moth 3, Silver Y 1 between N 69190 25682 and N 68806 25644, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 2 at  N 69278 25838, Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Frank Smyth (20/09/2022)

Red Admiral 4, Comma 1, all on ivy in my garden at O 266326, St Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin 13.

Holly Blue 1, Red Admiral 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. 19C, sunny, calm.

Thomas Stewart (20/09/2022)

Comma 2 on Sedum at O 00233 47766, between Rathoath and Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.

Geraldine Nee (20/09/22)

Red Admiral 8, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 7, Wall Brown 1 on Caher Mountain Sheep’s Head Peninsula, Co. Cork. Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshell along the Peakeen Ridge Loop walk between V814 393 and V775 379. Peacock and Speckled Wood in area of bramble/willow at V796 388. Wall Brown at the summit of Caher Mountain at V793 379 – very surprised to see one up this high! Warm – about 18 Celsius, Mix of sunshine and cloud. Breezy in spots.

Note: Wall Browns are known to be hill-toppers, which means they fly around the summit of hills and mountains.  This behaviour usually involves males, sometimes single males, and may last for some hours. The reason/s for this behaviour by Wall Brown is/are not known. Another species observed hill-topping in Ireland is the Peacock.

Maurice Simms (21/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 4, at H 330984 in the garden at Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal Cloudy/ Bright, 16C.

Con O’Donnell (21/09/2022)

Large White 1, Small White 5, Red Admiral 5, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1 at C 6540 Shore Path, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. 16/17C but no sun despite which six species of butterflies enjoyed the valerian.

Con O’Donnell (22/09/2022)

Red Admiral 7, Painted Lady 1, Small Tortoiseshell 30+, Peacock 4, Speckled Wood 1 at C 6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. 17 C at 4.30

Large White 2, Small White 5, Red Admiral 14, Small Tortoiseshell 25+, Peacock 7 at C 6540 Greencastle Shore Path, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (23/09/2022)

Red Admiral 6, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O284366, Cliff Path, Ceannchor Road area, Howth, Co. Dublin

Red Admiral 9, on ivy, at O274370, Carrickbrack, Howth, Co. Dublin

Red Admiral 4, at O 266326, St Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin 13 18C, sunny.

Jesmond Harding (23/09/2022)

Small Copper 2, Red Admiral 2, Comma 2, Speckled Wood 6 between N 91829 42696 and N 91479 41865, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Briefly sunny, calm, c.16C.

Jesmond Harding (24/09/2022)

Red Admiral 6, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Comma 12, Speckled Wood 1 between N 68372 25644 and N 68673 25707, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny spells, 15C. One of the Red Admirals began its migration flight, ascending to avail of the light to moderate northerly breeze. All the butterflies were feeding on Devil’s-bit Scabious.

Frank Smyth (26/09/2022)

Large White 1, Red Admiral 3, Comma 1 at O 266326, St Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin 13. 14C.

Red Admiral 7 at O 284366, Ceannchor Road area, Cliff Path Howth, Co. Dublin.

Note: Plenty of Red Admirals are still present, getting ready to go South. I am always amazed at how focused they are, feeding on ivy and showing no interest in nettles. Conversely, the Red Admirals from about mid-October / November that remain in the Howth area are only found laying on nettles despite the attraction of flowering ivy, hebe, and valerian. It is also interesting that their laying coincides with departing Red Admirals. Furthermore, the Red Admirals that arrive here from the beginning of March are interested in laying showing no interest in feeding. (Perhaps spring arrivals mate abroad: Editor comment) They seem to have different periods for feeding and laying.

Jesmond Harding (26/09/2022)

Red Admiral 1, Comma 1 (perched on the King Oak), Speckled Wood 5 at and close to The King Oak, Charleville Estate, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Sunny spells, 14C.