2024

The records for 2024 are given below. The first sighting of each species of free-flying butterfly/moth/dragonfly is indicated in bold type.

Luke and Sean Geraty (20/01/2024)

Peacock 1 at O 04671 3592, Edmundsbury Court, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Ian Stevenson (30/01/2024)

Red Admiral 1 at O 12290 33551, Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8. Sunny, light breeze, c.8 Celsius.

Frank Smyth (01/02/2024)

Marsh Fritillary larval nests 16 at O 242377, Bull Island, Dublin 13. Sunny, light breeze, 8C.

Neil Molloy (07/02/2024)

Red Admiral 1 at 13:53 at O 17651 36931, St. Declan’s Road, Marino, Dublin 3. Dry, cool, sunny, c.5C.

Enda Flynn (10/02/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at J 12450 08918, Rockmarshal, Co. Louth. Sunny 9c with a light SE wind.

Gary White (16/02/2024)

Red Admiral 1 at O 09214 36274, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, County Dublin. Mild, c.9C.

Neil Molloy (18/02/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at 12:50 at O 17 36, Marino, Dublin 3. Mild, sunny, c.12C.

Frank Smyth ( 18/02/2024)

Red Admiral 1 at O 284386, Ceanncor Road, Cliff Path, Howth, Co. Dublin.  Sunny, light breeze, 13C.

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

Ingrid Grollke (18/02/2024)

Marsh Fritillary larval webs 3 at G 83902 76401, Tantallon, near Mountcharles, Co. Donegal. A female was observed laying eggs on 28/05/2023. These have survived the winter. Sunny, c.13C.

Jesmond Harding (21/02/2024)

Marsh Fritillary nests 2 at N 68723 25668, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, c. 10C.

Gary White (24/02/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at J 08119 06462, Shore Road, Dundalk Bay, Co. Louth. Sunny, mild.

Demaris Lysaght (26/02/2024)

Marsh Fritillary larvae at high altitude at W 01761 42306, Ballybane ED, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Frank Smyth (07/02/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, very windy, south-east, 9C.

Michael Gray (14/03/2024)

Red Admiral 1 (faded), Small Tortoiseshell 6 from c.2:00 pm-c.3:30 pm at O 156 260, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Felt quite warm during direct sunshine.

Jim Fitzharris (14/03/2024)

Holly Blue 1 female (dead) at O 120 267, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Mild, calm, overcast sun; 13°C.

Pat Wyse (15/03/2024)

Brimstone 2 at N69076 25662, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 11C.

Michael Gray (15/03/2024)

Holly Blue 1 at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Sunny spells, c.12C.

Geraldine Nee (15/03/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at 12:50 at L 841 633, Delphi, Co Mayo. Mild, sunny, c.13C.

Marie Foley (17/03/2024)

Comma, dark form, suburban garden Taney Crescent, Dublin 14 Sunny 17C.

Michael Gray (17/03/2024)

Peacock 1 at 10 am at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Sunny.

Gary White (17/03/2024)

Peacock 1 at O2150, Turvey Nature Park, Co. Dublin. Sunny.

Luke and Sean Geraty (18/03/2024)

Comma 1 at O 04671 3592, Edmundsbury Court, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Enda Flynn (19/03/2024)

Peacock 1 at J 177 066 Castlecarra, Co. Louth. Sunny, light SW breeze, 11°C.

Frank Smyth (20/03/2024)

Peacock 2, Comma 3 (2 in a mating ritual) at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton Dublin 13. 14C, light NW breeze.

Felicity Laws (20/03/2024)

Peacock 1 at V 95723 42799, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork. Sunny.

Luke and Sean Geraty (22/03/2024)

Brimstone 1 at N69629 26042 along the track to IPCC reserve, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare.

Brimstone 4 at N68608 25662, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare.

Brimstone 1 at N68766 25856, on the north-south track leading away from Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare.

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at N68766 25856, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, strong breeze, 10C.

Frank Smyth (24/03/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 2 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Mainly cloudy, light breeze, 11C.

Frank Smyth (28/03/2024)

Peacock 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. 12C, Sunny.

Jimmy Walsh (29/03/2024)

Comma 1 at O 0530, Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

Akke Simms (31/03/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 2 basking on bramble at H 330984, Townparks, Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny, approx 11C.

Frank Smyth (31/03/2024)

Large White male 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, 12C, light breeze.

Philip Strickland (31/03/2024)

Brimstone c.12 including two females, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 2 at N6926, Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Marsh Fritillary larval nest at N 68692 25659 on Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare.

Geraldine Nee (03/04/2024)

Brimstone 2 at M199 740, Lough Carra, Co. Mayo. Sunny, light breeze, 14 Celsius.

Michael Gray (05/04/2024)

Green-veined White female 1  at O 156260, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Jesmond Harding (11/04/2024)

Purple Hairstreak hatched ova 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 10082 35533, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin.

Peacock 1 at O 10600 35410, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin. Sunny spells, mild, breezy, 17C.

Frank Smyth (11/04/2024)

Holly Blue 3, first sightings in my garden this year at O 266326, St. Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin, 13.

Speckled Wood 2 at O 274320, Carrickbrack, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Speckled Wood 2 at O 284366, Cliff Path, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 4, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Warm, 14 / 16 C with a light breeze and sunshine till about 1.30 pm.

Felicity Laws (15/04/2024)

Speckled Wood 1 at W 1273147343, Dromdaleague South, West Cork, Co. Cork.  Sunny, windy, temperatures just in double figures.

Frank Smyth (16/04/2024)

Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5 (2 were dwarf, aberration urticoides, the other three were well worn), Speckled Wood 1 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Partly cloudy with strong NW wind.

Michael Gray (16/04/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 2,  Speckled Wood 1 at S 937442 at Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Felicity Laws (16/04/2024)

Orange-tip male 1 at V9476342217, Durrus West, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at V9572342799, V9476342217, Durrus West, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Akke Simms (16/04/2024)

Speckled Wood 1 at G696986, Pound Cottage, Lackage, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny.

Felicity Laws (18/04/2024)

Orange-tip male 1 at V95449042701, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Akke Simms (19/04/2024)

Speckled Wood 1 on brambles at H 330984, Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods, 12C.

Michael Gray (19/04/2024)

Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 at S 937442, Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Frank Smyth (20/04/2024)

Holly Blue 3 at O 266326, in my garden at St. Fintan’s Park, Sutton Dublin 13.

Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 5 at O 284366 , Cliff Path, Ceannchor Road, Howth, Co Dublin.

Holly Blue 1, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 3 at O 274370, Carrickbrack, Howth Co, Dublin.

Small Tortoiseshell 8, Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 2 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, light breeze, 14C.

Note from Frank: At last a summer’s day. I had an interesting morning. Three of the Small Tortoiseshells at Red Rock were dwarf ab. urticoides, obviously some of last season’s records at Strand Road adjoining the Red Rock area. When I went up near the little wood I saw three Peacocks two of which were also dwarf, ab. iodes I was able to estimate the wingspan 35mm, by measuring the dandelion one of them was resting on. I know Small Tortoiseshell aberrations come mainly from sudden temperature shock close to when pupation occurs but don’t know what influences dwarfism in Peacocks. I should also mention that one of the Speckled Woods at the Cliff Path was the size of a Holly Blue which may be another dwarf! It looks as if some sudden temperature change may have occurred sometime last summer to affect some larvae in the area.

Jane Leavey (20/04/2024)

Comma 1 at O1727, Dundrum, County Dublin. Sunny, light breeze, 13 Celsius.

Michael Gray (20/04/2024)

Holly Blue 7, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 156272, in my garden and environs, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Sunny.

Jesmond Harding (20/04/2024)

Orange-tip male 1 at N 95158 39241, near Carton Demesne, Co. Meath. Sunny.

Speckled Wood 1 at N 92084 42490  in my garden, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, calm, 13C.

Eamonn mc Glinchey (20/04/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1 at C168 811, Coolboy, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Orange-tip 1, Peacock 1 Speckled Wood at C148 971, Edenacarron, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Green Hairstreak 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at C161 381, Coolboy, Big Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Ethna Diver (20/04/2024)

Orange-tip 1, Speckled Wood 1, at G804792, Murvagh, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 1, Orange Tip 5, Holly Blue 4, Peacock 1, Specked Wood 2, at G912607, Knather, Co. Donegal.

John Lovatt (20/04/2024)

Green-veined White 10 at L5365, Inishbofin, Co. Galway.

John Lovatt (21/04/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 at L5365, Inishbofin, Co. Galway.

Michael Gray (21/04/2024)

Large White male 1, Orange-tip male 1, Holly Blue 10 plus, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Robert Aldwell (21/04/2024)

Holly Blue 2, Peacock 1 at O 220286 in my garden at Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.13 C.

Jesmond Harding (21/04/2024)

Brimstone 9, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 1 at and around N 68448 25688, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare.

Brimstone 1, Holly Blue 2 at  N 69548 26041, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare.

Green-veined White 3, Orange-tip 3, Holly Blue 4, Comma 3, Speckled Wood 10 between N 92081 42720 and N 91484 41842, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, calm, c.14C.

Felicity Laws (21/04/2024)

Small White 1, Orange-tip 1 on mustard in my garden at V9586242896, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Small Tortoiseshell 2 on my garden nettles at V9589642880, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Maurice Simms and Dennis Hawke (21/04/2024)

Orange Tip 1, Holly Blue 6, Peacock 7, Speckled Wood 2 at B 884/5069, 889069, 891/2069, 892066, 895068, 917054, Adderwal Glen, near Dooharry, Co. Donegal. Approx. 15C. Sunny.

Con O’Donnell (21/04/2024)

Orange-Tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 2 at C648408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (21/04/2024)

Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 5, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2 at O 237411, Baldoyle Race Park, Dublin 13. Sunny, light breeze, 13C.

Helen Lawless (21/04/2024)

Peacock 1 at S 991 960 at Stranahely Woods, Glen of Imaal, Co. Wicklow.

Emperor moth cocoon open 1 at T 029 949, c.640m, southeast of Camenabologue in the Wicklow Mountains, Co. Wicklow.

Maurice Simms and Akke Simms (23/04/2024)

Speckled Wood 14, at H 330984, in garden and grounds at Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny.

Frank Smyth (23/04/2024)

Large White 1, Holly Blue 3, Speckled Wood 1 at O 266326, St. Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin 13.

Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 8, Comma 3, Speckled Wood 3 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, light wind, 12C.

Felicity Laws (24/04/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 in my garden at V9589642880, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork. Sunny.

Pat Wyse (24/04/2024)

Brimstone 12, Orange-tip 2, Speckled Wood 5 from N69539 26027 to N68813 25638, Lullymore/Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny.

Frank Smyth (26/04/2024)

Orange Tip 1, Holly Blue 1, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 1 at O 274370, Carrickbrack, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Speckled Wood 5 at O 284366, Cliff Walk, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Holly Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 7, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 4 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. 11C, light SE wind.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (26/04/2024)

Speckled Wood 6 at C201128, Barnhill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (27/04/2024)

Orange-tip 1, Green Hairstreak 1, Holly Blue 1, at C151118, Kirkstown, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Ethna Diver (27/04/2024)

Orange-tip 4, Holly Blue 4, Speckled Wood 12, at C213084, Knockbrack, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (27/04/2024)

Green-veined White 2, Speckled Wood 19 at H 330984, in the garden and field at Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny.

Noreen and James O’Donnell (27/04/2024)

Peacock 1 at B6814, Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal.

Felicity Laws (28/04/2024)

Orange-tip 3 at W 00872 55333, Glengariff, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Jesmond Harding (28/04/2024)

Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 3, Comma 1 at O 01177 42064, St. Peter’s COI, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Sunny, c.12C.

Frank Smyth (01/05/2024)

Large White 1, Holly Blue 3, Speckled Wood 2 at O 266326, St. Fintan’s Park, Sutton, Dublin 13.

Holly Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 9, Comma 3 one laying, Speckled Wood 3 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. 14C, Sunny, very stiff South East wind leaving few sheltered places.

Eamonn Mc Glinchey (01/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Wall Brown 1 at C154 432, Fanad, Co. Donegal. Cloudy most of the time, with the occasional break in the cloud; quite breezy 13deg.

Maurice Simms (01/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 4, Speckled Wood 1, at G 800994, 802995, Cleengort Lane, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. Sunny periods 15C.

Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1, at G 787/8/988, Mullinamin, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal. Cloudy Bright 15C.

Marsh Fritillary Larvae 2, at G 679948, Carrickalahagh, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal, Cloudy, 14C.

Orange-tip 1, at G 696986, Pound Cottage, Lackagh, Portnoo Co. Donegal. Sunny Periods, 15C.

Felicity Laws (01/05/2024)

Large Red Damselfly male and female 2 at V 95880 42843, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Orange-tip 2, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 2 in copula at V 95067 32760, The Butter Road, Ballydehob, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Con O’Donnell (01/05/2024)

Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 2, Speckled Wood 1 at C648408 Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 8, Orange-tip 2, Green Hairstreak 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at C6341 Ballymacarthur, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Jesmond Harding (01/05/2024)

Marsh Fritillary larvae 2, Four-spotted Chaser 1 at N 69141 25654, Lullymore/Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Dull, overcast.

Eleanor Hort (01-03/05/2024)

Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 1, Green Hairstreak 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at G67288925 Meentashesk, Carrick, Co. Donegal.

Felicity Laws (02/05/2024)

Azure Damselfly male 2 at V 95880 42843, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Michael Gray (02/05/2024)

Holly Blue 3, Comma 1 at O156272, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Maurice Simms (02/05/2024)

Green-veined White 6, Orange Tip 11, at G 686959, 688958, 691960, Sheskinmore Reserve, on walk from Kiltourish gate entrance to the Mass House, Rosbeg Co. Donegal. Sunny 15C.

Maurice Simms (03/05/2024)

Green-veined White 8, Orange Tip 9, Green Hairstreak 1, Peacock 1, (small and tattered) Speckled Wood 3, from G715972 to 711971, Kilclooney Lane, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny 17C.

Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 5, at G 673974, Eden Wood, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny 16C.

Pat O’Donnell (03/05/2024)

Green-veined White 10, Orange-tip 2, Green Hairstreak 10, Holly Blue 5, Peacock 1 at B9118, Dunlewey, Gweedore, Co. Donegal.

John Lovatt (03/05/2024)

Holly Blue 1 at O 22990 50143, Donabate, Co. Dublin.

Con O’Donnell (03/05/2024)

Small White 1, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2 at C648408, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Danny Gillespie (03/05/2024)

Large White 3, Orange-tip 6 at G622745, Dactan, Kilcar, Co. Donegal.

Felicity Laws (04/05/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 on mustard flower, Four-spotted Chaser 1 at V 95826 42896, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Michael Gray (05/05/2024)

Large White 1, unidentified whites 10, Holly Blue 21, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 2 at O 165272, Ballinteer, Co. Dublin. Sunny.

Green Veined White 10, Orange Tip 3 (2 male, 1 female), several unidentified whites, Holly Blue 13, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 2, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O 156260, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin16.

Maurice Simms (05/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Orange Tip 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Wall Brown 2, at G 679965, 679966, Kiltourish Chapel, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Cloudy with short glimpses of sun 15C.

Peacock 1, at G 674971, in a small valley on the shore of Kiltourish Lake, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Sunny interval, 15C.

Orange Tip 3, at G 696991, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 14C.

Felicity Laws (06/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Azure Damselfly 1 at V 95896 42880, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Frank Smyth (07/05/2024)

Small White 2, Holly Blue 2, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 7, Wall Brown 4 at O 291316, between Lions Head and Baily Lighthouse, Cliff Path, Howth, Co, Dublin. 18C, Sunny, Light breeze.

Felicity Laws (07/05/2024)

Orange-tip 3 including two males, Green Hairstreak 1; Odonata: Four-spotted Chaser 1 at V 84383 38741, Seefin, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Red Admiral 1 at V 82864 37973, Farramanagh, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Green Hairstreak 1 at V 83693  37932, ruins of the Bardic School, Seefin, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Large Red Damselfly 1 at V 83669 38255, Wall of the Poets, Seefin, West Cork, Co. Cork. Sunny.

Maurice Simms (07/05/2024)

Green-veined White 3, Orange Tip 2, both male, Speckled Wood 16, at H 330984 in garden and grounds at Combermore, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny.

Marie Soffe (08/05/2024)

Small White Pieris rapae 1 at 11:23 am at O 15376 37253 on a grassy bank beside Tolka River between Glasnevin Hill and St Mobhi Road (St Mobhi Drive), Dublin 9. Warm, slightly overcast morning, no rain, 14C.
The butterfly was one of several small whites flying over a grassy bank full of dandelions and other wildflowers/weeds.

Frank Smyth (09/05/2024)

Large White 1, Small White 2, Orange Tip 4, Holly Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 9, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 3 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. 16C, Sunny, Light wind.

Aoife Byrne (09/05/2024)

Comma 1, Holly Blue 2, X2145497307, Colligan Woods car park, resting on bramble, sunny, light breeze.

Felicity Laws (09/05/2024)

Green Hairstreak 1, Speckled Wood several; Odonata: Four-spotted Chaser 1 at V 99317 55233, Coortcommane Loop, Glengariff, West Cork, Co. Cork. Sunny, and warm.

Wiebke Asmussen (09/05/2024)

Large White 1 at O285385, my front garden, Balkill Park, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Orange Tip 1(male), Large White 1 at O285385, Start of walking trail at the end of Balkill Park (upper road), Co. Dublin.

Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O285383, Path around Howth GAA pitch (western side), Co. Dublin

Holly Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 2, at O285384, the path between Howth GAA pitch and Balkill Park upper, Co. Dublin. Sunny, light breeze, 16 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (10/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 1, Brimstone 4, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 1, Burnet Companion 5, Mother Shipton 2; Odonata: Hairy Dragonfly 1, Blue-tailed Damselfly c.10 at and near N 68415 25681, Lullybeg Reserve, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, light breeze, c.20C.

Brimstone 4, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1, Holly Blue 1 (on Alder Buckthorn, probably laying an egg), Common Heath 1 at and near N 68908 25648, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1; Odonata: Hairy Dragonfly c.5 at N 69271 25799, Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Brimstone 1, Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 at N 69504 26032, Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Anthony Mooney (10/05/2024)

Small White 12+, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 12+, Holly Blue 12+, Small Tortoiseshell 12+, Speckled Wood 6 on a farm at N9133, Bryanstown, Co. Kildare. Anthony first recorded Small Tortoiseshell larvae on May 23rd.

Con O’Donnell (11/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 3 at C6743, Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Jesmond Harding (11/05/2024)

Green-veined White 3, Orange-tip 2, Holly Blue 4 plus, Speckled Wood 1 in my garden at N 92077 42492, Pagestown, Co. Meath. Sunny, c.23C.

Felicity Laws (11/05/2024)

Small Tortoiseshell 2 at V 95862 42896, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Odonata: Large Red Damselfly mating 2, Azure Damselfly mating 2, Four-spotted Chaser 1 at V 095880 042843, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Grace Meenan (11/05/2024)

Green-veined White c.10 in the adjoining garden at B8546, Tory Island, Co. Donegal.

John Lovatt (11/05/2024)

Red Admiral 2, Wall Brown 8 at L5365, Inishbofin, Co. Galway.

Wiebke Asmussen (11/05/2024)

Holly Blue 2 at O285385, my back garden, Balkill Park, Howth, Co. Dublin. Sunny, moderate breeze, 17 Celsius.

Felicity Laws (12/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1 at W 00872 55333, Glengariff, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Mike Smith (12/05/2024)

Wood White 6, Green-veined White 4, Orange-tip 4, Small Copper 3, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 4, Wall Brown 2, Speckled Yellow 5, Common Heath 1 at R 27716 95275 along Clooncoose Valley Green Road, Co. Clare.

Wiebke Asmussen (12/05/2024)

Large White 2, Holly Blue 3 at O285385, Start of walking trail at the end of Balkill Park upper;

Large White 2, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 2 at O285384, Path between Howth GAA pitch and Balkill Park upper, Co. Dublin. Sunny, light breeze, 17 Celsius.

Frank Smyth (14/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 14, Green-veined White 7, Orange Tip 8, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled 1 at G 871684, Lower Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. 16C, partly cloudy.

Wiebke Asmussen (14/05/2024)

Admiral 1 at O285385, my back garden, Balkill Park, Howth, Co. Dublin;
Large White 1, Holly Blue 2 at O285384, old Tramway path, Howth;

Large White 2, Small White 1 at O285382, old Tramway path, Howth;

Orange Tip (female) 1 at 0285384, path around Howth GAA pitch, north side, Co. Dublin. Mixed sun and clouds, moderate breeze, 16 Celsius.

Wiebke Asmussen (15/05/2024)

Orange Tip (male) 1, Holly Blue 1 at O284388, Howth Community Garden, Co. Dublin. Sunny, light breeze, 16 Celsius.

Joan and Frank Smyth (15/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper 2, Cryptic Wood White 6, Green-veined White 2, Painted Lady 2 (one in flight), Speckled Wood 2 at G 897732, Murvagh, Co, Donegal, 21 C Sunny.

Con O’Donnell (15/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 9, Green-veined White 3, Orange-tip 2 at C6743, Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal, Windy with sunny breaks and 13/14 C in sheltered area.

Jesmond Harding (15/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper 2, Cryptic Wood White 2, Brimstone 2 males, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 1, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 4 at N 69279 26010 and adjoining area, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Sunshine and cloud, 18C.

Brimstone 7, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 2; Odonata: Hairy Dragonfly 27, Four-spotted Chaser 29, Azure Damselfly several at and around N 69033 25657, along the track linking Lullymore and Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Dingy Skipper 2, Brimstone 5, Holly Blue 1, Mother Shipton moth 6, Burnet Companion moth 3, Silver Y moth 15 at and adjoining N 68569 25700, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

Felicity Laws (15/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 1 at V 93278 41993, Durrus West, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Con O’Donnell (16/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 7, Large White 1, Green-veined White 11, Orange-tip 8, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 3, Speckled Wood 4 at C6245 Kinnegoe Bay, Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

Catherine Bleahen (16/05/2024)

Cinnabar moth 1 at M 49579 27700, flower border at Athenry, Co. Galway.

Jeremiah & Aimée Stebelton (16/05/2024)

Cinnabar moth 2 at R 54649 53528, Mungret Gate, Co. Limerick.

Felicity Laws (16/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 1 at V 93278 41993, Durrus West, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Tom Kavanagh (16/05/2024)

Small Blue 1 at O 24980 52520, Portrane Burrow, Portrane, Co. Dublin.

Ciarán Flynn and Enda Flynn (15/05/2024)

Wood White 1, Brimstone 4, Wall Brown 6, White-spotted Sable 2 at R 3094, R 3194, Gortlecka/Knockaunroe, County Clare. Sunny, light winds, c. 16C.

Ciarán Flynn and Enda Flynn (16/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper 2, Wood White 3, White species 7, Holly Blue 1, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 7, Speckled Wood 3, Wall Brown 8, Burnet Companion 3, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1, Cinnabar 1 at R 2994, R 3094, Green Road, Poulnaloun, County Clare. Sunny, light winds, c. 14C.

Dingy Skipper 3, Wood White 1, White species 1, Burnet Companion 2, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1 at R 2693, Parknabinnia, County Clare. Cloudy with some sunny spells, moderate breeze, c. 15C.

Grace Meenan (18/05/2024)

Red Admiral 1 at B8546 West end, Tory Island, Co. Donegal.

BCI/Burrenbeo Trust Outing (18/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper male 1, Wood White female 1, Pearl-bordered Fritillary male 1, Burnet Companion 2, White-spotted Sable 1 at M 30018 00484, Fahee North, Co. Clare. Dull, cool, overcast.

BCI/Burrenbeo Trust Outing (19/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper c.15, Wood White c.15, Large White 1, Green-veined White c.6, Orange-tip male 1, Common Blue male 2, Peacock 1, Pearl-bordered Fritillary 10 plus, Small Heath 1, Silver-ground Carpet 1, Brown Silver-line 5 plus, Common Heath 1, Burnet Companion c.6, Speckled Yellow 3, Cinnabar 1: Odonata: Large Red Damselfly 2, Azure Damselfly 2, Hairy Dragonfly 15 plus between R 27238 95430 and R 28723 95338, Clooncoose Valley, Co. Clare. Sunny, warm, 23-24C.

Con O’Donnell (19/05/2024)

Large White 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 15+, Orange-tip 10, Speckled Wood 4 at C 6063, Glebe, Moville, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (19/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 15, Green-veined White 8, Orange Tip 7, Small Heath 6, and Burnet Companion 1 at G 871684, Lower Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 15C.

Frank Smyth and Anne Reid (19/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 1, Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip 2, Holly Blue 1 at G 876614, Abbey, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 17C.

Felicity Laws (19/05/2024)

Large White 1, Small Copper 1 at V 85862 42896, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Large Red Damselfly 1, Azure Damselfly 7 at V 95880 42843, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Jim Fitzharris (19/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper 20, Cryptic Wood White 1, Brimstone 7, Speckled Wood 1, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1, Burnet Companion 5, Mother Shipton 1, Small Purple-barred 1, Silver Hook 2 at N693261 Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Hot, calm, sunny, 22-24°C.

Dingy Skipper 6, Cryptic Wood White 2, Brimstone 2, Marsh Fritillary 7, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 3, Burnet Companion 2, Mother Shipton 1 at N692257 Lullymore to Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Hot, calm, sunny, 24°C.

Dingy Skipper 4, Brimstone 2, Green-veined White 1, Small Copper 3, Painted Lady 1, Peacock 1, Marsh Fritillary 6, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1, Burnet Companion 6, Silver Y 2 at N687257 Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Hot, calm, sunny, 23-24°C.

Wiebke Asmussen (19/05/2024)

Large White 2, Admiral 1 at O284388, Howth Community Garden; Co. Dublin.
Holly Blue1, Admiral 1 at O285385, my back garden, Balkill Park, Howth, Co. Dublin, sunny, light breeze, 18 Celsius.

Con O’Donnell (20/05/2024)

Large White 1, Small White 3, Green-veined White 5, Orange-tip 5, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 3 at C6063, Glebe, Moville, Co. Donegal. First confirmed Holly Blue record for Inishowen.

Michael Gray (20/05/2024)

Large White 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 2, unidentified whites, Holly Blue 9, Red admiral 1, Speckled Woods 4 at O 165272, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

Helen McQuillan (20/05/2024)

Common Blue 2, Marsh Fritillary 1 at 6 pm in the hay meadow at R 30739 94646, Burren National Park, Co. Clare.

Con O’Donnell (20/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 13, Large White 1, Green-veined White 7, Orange-tip 5, Green Hairstreak 7, Painted Lady 2, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 4 at C6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Warm and sunny, 22C.

Fionn O’Mahony, aged 10 (21/05/2024)

Cinnabar 1 at W6362, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork.

Felicity Laws (22/05/2024)

Small Copper 1, Common Blue 2, Small Heath several at V 76979 25797, Barleycove, West Cork, Co. Cork. Sunny.

Denise McDonnell (23/05/2024)

Cinnabar Moth 2 were sighted at 11 am on a brownfield site at 53°37’57.9″N 8°10’40.4″W, Clooneybeirne, Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon.

John Lovatt (23/05/2024)

Green-veined White 13, Red Admiral 1, Wall Brown 25 at L5365, Inishbofin, Co. Galway.

Frank Smyth (26/05/2024)

Large White 1, Orange Tip 2, Common Blue 1, Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, Meadow Brown 1, Silver Y 5 at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Mostly cloudy with sunny spells, 13C.

Con O’Donnell (27/05/2027)

Green-veined White 20+, Orange-tip 10+, Green Hairstreak 2, Small Copper 1 (pristine), Peacock 1 at C67 44 at Port Kill, Inishowen Head, Co. Donegal.

Con O’Donnell (27/05/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 10+, Large White 1, Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 4 at C6743 Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

Felicity Laws (28/05/2024)

Green-veined White 1, Speckled Wood 1 at V 95067 32760, Butter Road, Ballydehob, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Frank Smyth (28/05/2024)

Orange Tip 2, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 1 at O268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, very windy, 20C.

Wiebke Asmussen (28/05/2024)

Large White 1, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O285385, start of the walking trail at the end of Balkill Park (upper road), Howth, Co. Dublin—sunny with clouds, breezy, 18 Celsius.

Ethna Diver (30/05/2024)

Marsh Fritillary 3, Small Heath 7, at C104376 Ards Forest Park, Co. Donegal.

Felicity Laws (30/06/2024)

Red Admiral 1 at V 85449 39209, Seefin, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Wiebke Asmussen (31/05/2024)

Small White 1, Holly Blue 2 at O284388, Howth Community Garden;

Large White 2, Small White 1, Peacock 1 at O285384, old (un-used) golf course, Howth;

Speckled Wood 1 at O 285383, path around Howth GAA pitch, western side, Co. Dublin, sun and clouds, light breeze, 17 Celsius.

 

 

Felicity Laws and Damaris Lysaght (31/05/2024)

Marsh Fritillary 8-10 at W 01761 42306, Ballybane, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Ethna Diver (31/05/2024)

Large White 2, at C213084 Knockbrack, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (31/05/2024)

Common Blue 19, Marsh Fritillary 21, Small Heath 16 at O 242377, Bull Island, Co. Dublin. Sunny, 18C, Very windy from the north.

Jesmond Harding (31/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper 5, Brimstone 1, Small Copper 1, Common Blue 1, Marsh Fritillary 91, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 1 at and near N 68538 25701, Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare.

Marsh Fritillary 19 between N 68789 25639 and N 69185 25688 Lullybeg/Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Dingy Skipper 2, Marsh Fritillary 2 at N 69275 26014, Lullymore West, Co. Kildare. Hazy sunshine, breezy, c.16C.

Michael Gray (31/05/2024)

Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 2 at S 937442, Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Red Admiral 1 at S 936368, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Felicity Laws and Damaris Lysaght (31/05/2024)

Marsh Fritillary 8-10 at W 01761 42306, Ballybane, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Daniel Hogan (31/05/2024)

Dingy Skipper 1, Marsh Fritillary 1, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth 1 at N38 43, Butler’s Bridge, Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath.

Wiebke Asmussen (31/05/2024)

Small White 1, Holly Blue 2 at O284388, Howth Community Garden;

Large White 2, Small White 1, Peacock 1 at O285384, old (un-used) golf course, Howth;

Speckled Wood 1 at O 285383, the path around Howth GAA pitch, western side, Co. Dublin. Sun and clouds, light breeze, 17 Celsius.

Joe O’Neill (01/06/2024)

Cinnabar moth 1, back garden at M 3710, Kinvara, Co. Galway.

Jane and Jesmond Harding (01/06/2024)

Meadow Brown 1 at N 91455 41808, Walshe’s Lane, Mulhussey, Co. Meath.

Felicity Laws (01/06/2024)

Common Blue female 1 in my garden at V 95896 42880, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Michael Gray (01/06/2024)

Large White 1, Orange-tip at S 936368, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Wiebke Asmussen (01/06/2024)

Large White 2 at O285385, start of walking trail at Balkill Park upper, Howth;

Speckled Wood at O285384, path around Howth GAA pitch, northern side, Co. Dublin. Sunny, breezy, 16 Celsius.

John Lovatt (01/06/2024)

Small Blue 3 at O 24980 52520, Portrane Burrow, Portrane, Co. Dublin. Most of the butterfly’s habitat has been removed by the sea.

Maurice Simms (01/06/2024)

Green-veined White 3, Orange Tip 1, Red Admiral 1, (basking on blueberry on the summit of Croaghan,) Speckled Wood 2, at H 304980, 305982, 299974, Croaghan, near Lifford, Co. Donegal. Sunny, light north wind. Approx17C.

Frank Smyth (02/06/2024)

Small White 2, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 10, Small Heath 2 and lots of 6-spot Burnet at O 268372, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13. Sunny, light wind, 19C.

Robert Aldwell (02/06/2024)

Holly Blue 3+ around large female Holly Bush in my garden at O 220286 Blackrock. Co. Dublin.

Felicity Laws (03/06/2024)

Green Hairstreak 1, Marsh Fritillary 1 on heathland at V 88390 41080, Glanlough, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Green-veined White 1 in my garden at V 95862 42896, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Emperor dragonfly female 1 ovipositing in my garden pond at V 95880 42843, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Helen Lawless (03/06/2024)

Pearl-bordered Fritillary 2, one at M 299 012, the other at M 298 004, near Carran, Co. Clare.

Felicity Laws (05/06/2024)

Marsh Fritillary 1 at V 88390 41080, Glanlough, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Maurice Simms (06/06/2024)

Marsh Fritillary 3, Small Heath 5 at G 680948,682947 at Carrickalahagh, Sheskinmore Reserve, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Cloudy, cold north-west wind. 12C.

Jesmond Harding (06/06/2024)

Dingy Skipper 3, Common Blue 1, Marsh Fritillary 26, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 4 at and near N 68415 25681, Lullybeg Reserve, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Mostly cloudy, westerly breeze, c.13C.

Dingy Skipper male 1, Brimstone female 1 on the track at N 69336 26020, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Sunny, cool.

Cryptic Wood White female 1 at N 69276 26012, Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Frank Smyth (08/06/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 15, Small White 1, Orange Tip 1, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 3, Small Heath 1, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 8 at O 237411, Baldoyle Race Park, Dublin 13. Cloudy with sunny spells, 18C.

This site is becoming overgrown with scrub and needs attention.

BCI Outing (08/06/2024)

Small Blue c.10, Common Blue c.6, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath c.10, Yellow Shell 1, Mother Shipton moth 1 near and south of O 15738 75850 at Mornington, Co. Meath. Sunny with a strong breeze, c.14C.

Maurice Simms (08/06/2024)

Dingy Skipper 3, Small Copper 2, Small Blue 2, Common Blue 9, Marsh Fritillary 3, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 9, at G 688958, 689959,690959,691960, on the walk in Sheskinmore Reserve from Kiltourish gate under hill to Mass House, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal. Good sunny spells,15C.

Sean and Luke Geraty (08/06/2024)

Marsh Fritillary 224, Common Blue 18, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 7 between 930am and 1130am at O 24447 37822, Alder marsh, Bull Island, Co. Dublin. Sunny spells for short periods around 16 degrees Celsius.

Felicity Laws (08/06/2024)

Small Heath 1 in my garden at V 95862 42896, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Emperor dragonfly 2 (male and egg-laying female) in my garden pond at V 95880 42843, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Ethna Diver (08/06/2024)

Dingy Skipper 1, Marsh Fritillary 1, Small Heath 8 at G916717, Murvagh, Co. Donegal.

Maurice Simms (10/06/2024)

Marsh Fritillary 4 at G695986 near L. Birroge, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny, Approx 15C.

Small Blue 2 at G 694989 at Old quarry, Lackagh, Portnoo, Co. Donegal. Sunny spells 15C.

Dingy Skipper 1 at G797994 in Donkey Field, Cleengort, Gweebarra, Co. Donegal (second most northerly site for Dingy Skipper in Ireland).

Small Blue 4, Common Blue 2, Small Heath 2 at G 693956, in dunes at the back of Tramore beach, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal.

Green Hairstreak 1, Marsh Fritillary 1, Small Heath 2 at G 680948, Carrickalahagh, Sheskinmore, Rosbeg, Co. Donegal, Sunny but cool north wind.

Felicity Laws (10/06/2024)

Large White 1, Orange-tip female 1 at V95862 42896, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.

Robert Donnelly (12/06/2024)

Cryptic Wood White 3, Large White 1, Green-veined White 3, Speckled Wood 4, 18 Meadow Brown 18, Ringlet 8 at S728195, JFK Arboretum, Co. Wexford. Cloudy with sunny spells, 14°C.

Frank Smyth (14/06/2024)

Large White 1, Small White 1, Small Blue 2, Common Blue 7, Painted Lady 1, Meadow Brown 9 at O 260397, Burrow Beach, Sutton, Dublin 13. 18C, sunny spells between showers.

Felicity Laws (14/06/2024)

Meadow Brown 1, Yellow Shell 1 at V95896 42880, Durrus East, West Cork, Co. Cork.