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.

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.

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.

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.