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2014 Records

Below are 2014 records. First sightings are given in bold.

January

Jesmond and Alexander Harding (11/01/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell seen at 2:10 pm on the west facing limestone gable wall of Carton House, County Kildare. The butterfly, first seen in flight, settled high up on the wall to bask with wings held flat against the stonework. It may have been sleeping in one of the many crevices in the masonry and roused by the bright sunshine which brought warmth to the wall. Nearby hanging baskets contained flowers so it may have access to nectar. Our first free-flying butterfly sighting of 2014 and hopefully a portent of a good season. Sunny, calm, temperature 6°C.

Jacinta Conlon (12/01/2014)

One Peacock seen in garden; it flew strongly into the garden from the roof. Butterfly seen on Goldenhill, Manorkilbride, County Wicklow. Sunny, clear, ground frost present.

March

Jesmond Harding (04/03/2014)

Six Marsh Fritillary larval nests found on Pollardstown Fen, County Kildare.

Pat Bell (11/03/2014)

One suspected Small Tortoiseshell in garden and one confirmed Small Tortoiseshell near Pike Bridge, Maynooth, County Kildare. Sunny, 11 Celcius.

Denise Harding (11/03/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell in living room fluttering around the window; Denise released it into the wild. Pagestown, County Meath.

Note: Please release any butterfly found indoors during good March weather.

Elaine Mullins (10/03/2014)

Two Red Admirals feeding on Viburnum tinus in Elaine’s back garden in Portmarnock, County Dublin; Elaine was delighted and ran out to see them. Elaine’s last garden record of 2013 was of a Red Admiral on 6/11. Perhaps these are the off-spring of the November butterfly. Sunny, warm, c.15 Celsius.

John Lovatt (11/03/2014)

Four Small Tortoiseshell and one Peacock seen in Drehid Bog, County Kildare. Butterflies seen late, one at 4:36 pm. Sunny, calm and warm conditions.

Philip Strickland (11/03/2014)

Three Small Tortoiseshell at Barnhill Crossroads, Lucan, County Dublin, O 034 356.

Philip Strickland (12/03/2014)

Two Small Tortoiseshell at Barnhill Crossroads, Lucan, County Dublin, O 034 356.

Patrick Sheridan (12/03/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell, Lakelands County Kildare. Sunny,sheltered,12 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (12/03/2014)

Two male Brimstones flying low in dense woodland in Lullybeg, County Kildare at around 2 pm.

Bright sunshine, strong southerly breeze, 14 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (15/03/2014)

Five Marsh Fritillary larval nests found in Lullybeg, County Kildare. Larvae were feeding and basking was observed taking place on the food plant, on bare peat, on dessicated horse-tail and Purple Moor-grass.

Bright sunshine, strong southerly breeze, 14 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (17/03/2014)

One Brimstone (male) in Lullymore, County Kildare. Dull, mild, c.13 Celsius.

Pat Bell (25/3/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell, near Pike Bridge on Royal Canal, County Kildare. Sunny, 11 Celsius.

Michael Jacob (31/03/2014)

21 Marsh Fritillary laval nests found on Pollardstown Fen, County Kildare.

One Peacock in garden in Roseberry, Newbridge, County Kildare. Sunny, c.13 Celsius.

April

Patrick Sheridan (01/04/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell, Ballyvoneen County Kildare.Sunny, warm,14 Celsius.

One Peacock, Castle View Clondalkin, Dublin. Sunny,warm,15 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (01/04/2014)

Six Small Tortoiseshells and one Peacock along the south facing side of a hedge in a field in Mulhussey, County Meath. Sunny, light south-east breeze, c.14 Celsius.

Pat Bell (01/04/2014)

Eight Small Tortoiseshells and one Peacock, Royal Canal transect, Maynooth, County Kildare. These are the highest numbers I have yet had in week one of my transect counts. Sunny, 12 Celsius.

Pat Bell (04/04/2014)

One Peacock in a Maynooth garden, at 9.30 a.m. Sunny, c.9 degrees Celsius. A pretty tattered individual grabbing some early morning rays!

Harding (05/04/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock, several hundred Marsh Fritillary larvae mainly in the fifth in-star and a small number in the sixth in-star in Lullybeg, County Kildare. Mainly overcast, 15 Celsius.

Patrick Sheridan (06/04/2014)

One Brimstone, two Peacocks in sheltered area in Hortland, County Kildare. Sunny, 13 Celsius.

Philip Strickland, Jesmond Harding (12/04/2014)

One Common Heath, three Brimstones, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock and hundreds of Marsh Fritillary larvae, mainly fifth in-star in Lullymore/Lullybeg, County Kildare. Sunny, breezy, c.14 Celsius.

Patrick Sheridan (12/04/2014)

One Green-veined White, one Small Tortoiseshell, three Peacocks in sheltered area in Hortland, County Kildare. Sunny, 14 Celsius.

Richella Duggan (12/04/2014)

Two Brimstones at St John’s Wood – Rinnagan, Rindoon Penninsula, (Lough Ree), Co. Roscommon. Grid Reference for Car Park – M997 558

This ancient semi-natural woodland is really well managed. Coppicing has opened up large areas – there is a wide variety of woodland wild flowers including Early Purple Orchids, Bluebells, Wood Sorrel, Wild Garlic, Wild Strawberry and Common Dog Violet. There is also an area of Fen at one edge of the woodland.

Conditions – 11am approx. Overcast and drizzly. When the rain stopped we spotted one Brimstone basking on mossy verge at the edge of the pathway.

Spotted a Brimstone along green driveway beside the car park area.

Note: St John’s Wood is an area of dense woodland on the shore of Lough Ree. Until recently it had little lepidoptera interest because of its dense growth which produced a dark woodland floor with little or no herb layer. Before the management described above by Richella the only place where butterflies could be found was the edges of the wood.

Richella Duggan (12/04/2014)

Brimstone x 3, Small Tortoiseshell x 1 at Warren Point Loop walk, County Roscommon,Grid Ref approx – N007 539.

This loop walk circles the Rindoon Peninsula and skirts the western edge of Lough Ree. Rindoon itself is full of ruins – a Normal Castle and the remains of a walled medieval town which had a population of over 1000 in the 13th Century. A really well maintained walk with spectacular views in all directions.

Conditions – Sunny spells – approx 13 degrees Celsius – breezy.

Jesmond Harding (14/04/2014)

Nine Peacocks, five Brimstones (three females), one Small Tortoiseshell along Drehid Bog (north) track and one Large Heath larva, two Dark Tussock larvae, one Common Heath on bog remnant at Drehid north. Sunny, 12 Celcius.

Two Brimstones seen at Brockagh, near crossroads at N783268, County Kildare. Sunny, 12 Celcius.

One Green-veined White seen on grassy bank at Shee Bridge, N748265, County Kildare.

12 Brimstones, (females flying around Alder Buckthorn but did not lay eggs) one Green-veined White, five Orange-tips (males), one Small Tortoiseshell, five Peacocks and one Speckled Wood in Lullybeg, County Kildare. Sunny, 14 Celsius.

One Brimstone at IPCC centre, N705258, Lullymore, County Kildare. Sunny, 14 Celsius.

Brian Power (14/04/2014)

One Comma Kildavin , Co. Carlow.

This is the fourth year they have been present at this site.

Philip Strickland (14/04/2014)

One Holly Blue, Maynooth, County Kildare. Warm, sunny, c.14 Celsius.

Brian Power (14/04/2014)

Four Orange-tips, one Small White, three Holly Blues, three Small Tortoiseshells, two Peacocks near Kildavin Co. Carlow. Sunny warm, c. 14 Celsius.

John Lovatt (15/04/2014)

One Holly Blue in garden in Donabate, County Dublin. Sunny, warm, c.14 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (16/04/2014)

Two Peacocks in field and one Holly Blue in lane sheltered by hedgerows in Mulhussey, County Meath. Sunny, strong breeze, c.13 Celsius.

Patrick Sheridan, Jesmond Harding (16/04/2014)

Three Peacocks, c.20 Brimstone ova on Alder Buckthorn in Lullybeg, County Kildare. Sunny, strong breeze, c.13 Celsius.

Pat Bell (18/4/2014)

Three Brimstones, one Orange-tip, two Small Whites, six Small Tortoiseshells, four Peacocks seen in Lullymore, County Kildare.

Two Brimstones, two Orange-tips, one Small Tortoiseshell,and one Peacock seen in Lullybeg, County Kildare. Sunny, c. 12 degrees Celcius.

Brian Power (18/04/2014)

Three Green-veined whites, 14 Orange tips, 3 Holly blues, one Small Tortoiseshell, seven Peacocks, one Comma (a different individual to that seen on 14/04) one Red Admiral and one Speckled Wood seen near Kildavin Co. Carlow. Sunny, warm, c 15 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (18/04/2014)

Shoulder Stripe, Streamer, Common Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Early Tooth-striped, Engrailed, Tissue, Brindled Beauty, Early Thorn, Early Grey, Common Quaker, Powdered Quaker, Clouded Drab, Pale Pinnion, Dark Sword-grass found at R304944 Gortlecka, Burren, County Clare. Night was very calm, c.8 Celsius.

Patrick Sheridan (18/04/2014)

Two Green-veined Whites seen in Ballyvoneen, Kildare.

One Brimstone, three Green-veined Whites, four Orange-tips, one Small Tortoiseshell, nine Peacocks seen in Hortland, Kildare. Sunny, calm 14 Celsius.

Three Brimstones, four Orange-tips,two Green-veined Whites, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock, one Speckled Wood seen in Loch na Mona, Kildare. Sunny, windy 15 Celcius

(new 10km square for Brimstone N70 according to Ireland’s Butterflies A Review)

Jesmond and Andrew Harding (19/04/2014)

10 Brimstones, six Green-veined Whites, six Orange-tips, six Peacocks, one Speckled Wood seen in Dromore Wood (south) along “red trail”, County Clare. Sample ref: R347882. Sunny, c 14 Celsius.

Jesmond and Alexander Harding (20/04/2014)

One Brimstone, one Green-veined White, two Small Tortoiseshells seen c.10 metres from St Columba’s Church, Ennis, County Clare, R335784. Sunny, c.14 Celsius.

Pat Bell (21/04/2014)

One Holly Blue,in garden in Maynooth. Sunny, c. 15 degrees C.

Maura Clarke (21/04/2014)

One Comma seen by Maura and reported by Brian Power taking nectar in Kildavin village, Wexford near the woodland site where the Comma was reported previously. The butterfly appears to be in good condition, but the colours are somewhat faded, like those of a Small Tortoiseshell at this stage of spring. Sunny, c.14 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (24/04/2014)

Three Brimstones, several Brimstone ova on Alder Buckthorn, four Green-veined Whites, 20 Orange-tips (one male killed on Common Dandelion by yellow female spider Misumena vatia which, having dispatched its victim, pulled it from the flower to the ground), three Peacocks, several Marsh Fritillary larvae feeding alone, three Speckled Woods, one Oak Eggar larva (not final in-star) seen in Lullybeg, County Kildare. Sunny, light breeze, 14 Celsius.

Brian Power (24/04/2014)

Five Green-veined Whites, nine Orange-tips, three Green Hairstreaks (one photographed on Gorse),three Holly Blues, five Small Tortoiseshells, four Peacocks, two Red Admirals and seven Speckled Woods seen in Deerpark, County Carlow. Sunny, c.14 Celsius.

Brian Power (25/04/2014)

C.25 Green Hairstreaks in Ballycrystal, County Wexford, S 845 509. Sunny, c.14 Celcius.

Michael Kane (25/04/2014)

One Orange-tip, male, at Tomsallagh, Ferns, Co. Wexford. Sunny, C.14 Celsius.

Brian Power (27/04/2014)

Five Green-veined Whites, seven Orange-tips, five Peacocks, one Comma, two Holly Blues, eight Speckled Woods counted at Kildavin, County Carlow.

Jesmond Harding (27/04/2014)

Three Brimstones, 10 Green-veined Whites, four Orange-tips, one Small Tortoiseshell, three Peacocks, five Speckled Woods, one Clouded Border, three Common Heaths, three Dark Tussock larvae (two on gorse); latter two species found on bog remnant, others found along a track through Timahoe Bog, County Kildare. Mainly sunny, c.13 Celsius.

Philip Strickland (28/04/2014)

Several Emperor moths, one Beautiful Yellow Underwing, several Green-veined Whites, including pair in copula, several Orange-tips, including many ova on Lady’s Smock seen in Lullymore, County Kildare.

May

Jesmond Harding (08/05/2014)

One Large White (male) flying along wood edge of Sean Walsh Park, Old Bawn, Tallaght. Sunny, 15 Celsius.

Pat Bell (08/05/2014)

One Orange Tip (female) in my garden,Maynooth, County Kildare. Sunny, c.16 Celsius.

Alexander and Jesmond Harding (10/05/2014)

One Brimstone larva on Alder Buckthorn, one Small White, several Marsh Larvae, probably infected with Cotesia wasps, one Speckled Wood, one Emperor moth (male), one Garden Tiger larva feeding on Devil’s-bit Scabious seen on BCI reserve, Lullybeg, County Kildare. Cool, heavy rain with short bright spells, 11 Celcius.

Pat Bell (12/05/2014)

One Holly Blue (female) seen and photographed taking nectar at about 9.30 in the morning in my garden, in Maynooth, County Kildare. Sunny, c.10 Celsius.

Pat Bell (15/5/2014)

Ten Green-veined Whites, one Orange-tip, One Common Blue (male), Royal Canal Transect,County Kildare. Cloudy, c.18 Celsius. I was delighted to get the Common Blue; it was in the section where I got good numbers in 2011 (weeks 17 to 24) but hardly at all the last two years.

Jesmond Harding (16/05/2014)

Eight Dingy Skippers, three Cryptic Wood Whites, four Brimstones, two Orange-tips, two Small Coppers in Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Six Dingy Skippers, two Orange-tips, four Green-veined Whites, one Small Copper seen on Lullybeg Butterfly Reserve, County Kildare. Hazy sunshine, 19 Celsius. I was in the area after 4 pm and was still seeing butterflies just before 6 pm.

Tom O ‘Callaghan (16/05/2014)

Dingy Skipper, Wood White, Orange tip, Small Copper, Peacock, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Speckled Yellow (moth) seen at Kilnaboy, County Clare. Sunny, c.19 Celsius.(Also saw Yellowhammer (m&f) & cuckoo).

Brian Power (16/05/2014)

Three Small Heaths seen in Deerpark, County Carlow, S 878577. Sunny, c.19 Celsius.

Jesmond and Alexander Harding, Brian Power (17/05/2014)

One Cryptic Wood White, Green-veined Whites (several) Orange-tips (several), one Small Copper, five Common Blues including mating pair, one Cinnabar moth seen in disused quarries at and near Kildavin, County Carlow/Wexford. Mainly sunny, c.19 Celsius.

Pat Bell (16/05/2014)

One Cryptic Wood White,one Green-veined White, one Peacock on Stacumny transect, County Kildare. Cloudy, c.18 Celsius. The wood white was hanging about on the allotment manure heap and happy enough to let me get close for a photo with my phone!

Michael Jacob (21/05/2014)

Cryptic Wood Whites, Green-veined Whites, Orange-tips, Common Blues, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks seen today along banks of Royal Canal near Lyons Estate between Celbridge and Ardclough, County Kildare. Sunny, c. 17 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (21/05/2014)

One Cryptic Wood White, six Green-veined Whites, one Orange-tip, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock, one Speckled Wood, one Flame Carpet, one Common Carpet at Mulhussey, County Meath. Sunny, c.17 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (23/05/2014)

One Wood White at Kilnaboy, Co. Clare, at roadside. Windy, cool, c.14 Celsius.

One Dingy Skipper, two Green-veined Whites, two Speckled Woods, one Drinker moth larva at Gortlecka, County Clare. Weather as above.

Brimstone moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Brown Silver-line, Barred Umber, Scalloped Hazel, Pale Shouldered Brocade, Nut Tree Tussock (and one Badger yards from Heath trap at 9:50 pm) at Gortlecka, County Clare. Cool, cloudy, c. 10 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding, Richella Duggan et al (24/05/2014)

One Clouded Silver, Clooncoose, Co. Clare. Dull, rain, c.11 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (27/05/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell in excellent condition seen in car park in Old Bawn, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Sunny, breezy, c.15 Celsius.

Two Orange-tips, four Green-veined Whites, one Small White (male) and one Speckled Wood seen in lane in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, c.16 Celsius.

One Common Swift, Silver-ground Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, four White Ermines, two Brimstone moths, two Scalloped Hazels, one Clouded Silver, one Buff-tip, one Hebrew Character, several Small Square-spots, two Rustic Shoulder-knots in garden in Mulhussey, County Meath. Night clear, cool, calm, c.9 Celsius.

Richella Duggan (27/05/2014)

18 Dingy Skippers, several Cryptic Wood Whites at Lough Derravaragh, County Westmeath. Sunny, c.15 Celsius.

Dave McKay (28/05/2014)

Several Dingy Skippers flying around gorse at Flancare premises, private ground, Blyry Industrial Estate, Athlone, Co. Westmeath at N070420. Sunny, c.15 Celsius.

Tim O’ Rourke (28/05/2014)

One Dingy Skipper, Brimstone abundant, one Large White, one Orange-tip, 12 Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, one Wall Brown, one Speckled Wood, Speckled Yellow abundant seen along Blue Loop Walk, Burren National Park, County Clare. Sunny, c.18 Celsius.

BCI Walk (31/05/2014)

10+ Dingy Skippers, five Brimstones, two Cryptic Wood Whites, one Green-veined White, several Orange-tips, two Small Coppers, four Common Blues, one Peacock, 32 Marsh Fritillaries, one Wall Brown, one Speckled Wood, six Small Heaths, Common, Latticed Heaths, two Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoths, two Mother Shipton, numerous Burnet Companions, several Small Purple-barred seen on Lullybeg Reserve, Co. Kildare. Mainly sunny, some cloud, calm, warm, c.20 Celsius.

June

Jesmond Harding, Peter Kelly (01/06/2014)

One Cryptic Wood White, one Small Blue on Portmanock sand dunes, Co. Dublin. Windy, cool, c.13 Celsius.

Richella Duggan/ Aine Fennor (04/06/14)

Dingy Skippers but fewer than last visit, several Cryptic Wood Whites (all whites seen were wood whites) one Small Copper, some Common Blues, one Marsh Fritillary (male) suggesting a nearby population and one Small Heath at N 41111 68723, Lough Derravaragh, Co. Westmeath. Intermittent sun, 16-18 Celsius in sunshine.

Jesmond and Alex Harding (05/06/14)

Seven Dingy Skippers, four Cryptic Wood Whites, two Brimstones, three Green-veined Whites, two Orange-tips, one Small Copper, six Common Blues, 35 Marsh Fritillaries, one Speckled Wood, 23 Small Heaths at Lullybeg reserve, Co. Kildare. Cool, some sunny intervals; 14 Celsius in sunshine; site visited between 9:30 am and 10:50 am.

Jesmond and Alex Harding (06/06/14)

Two Green-veined Whites, eight Speckled Woods, one Meadow Brown at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Intermittent sunshine, c.16 Celsius.

Alexander and Jesmond Harding (09/06/14)

Three Cryptic Wood Whites, 60 Green Hairstreaks, four Small Coppers, three Common Blues, nine Speckled Woods, one Large Heath, two Burnet Companions, one Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth (a first record for the site?), two Mother Shipton moths and odonates: one Large Red Damselfly, one Common Hawker, four Four-spotted Chasers on Timahoe Bog, Co. Kildare. Mainly cloudy with brief sunshine, mild, 16 Celsius.

Pat Bell, Alexander Harding, Jesmond Harding, Brian Power (13/06/2014)

Three Green-veined Whites, one Small Copper, six Green Hairstreaks, two Speckled Woods, 20 Small Heaths, 12 Fox Moths, several Brown Silver-line Moths, two Yellow Shells, one Small Argent and Sable (Heath Bedstraw noted nearby) seen on dry upland heath in Old Deerpark, (Blackstairs Mountains) County Carlow. Mainly overcast, calm, 18-21 Celsius.

Harding family, Philip Strickland (15/06/2014)

Two Dingy Skippers, two Cryptic Wood Whites, one Orange-tip, Eight Common Blues, 10 Marsh Fritillaries, one Speckled Wood, one Meadow Brown, two Ringlets, 38 Small Heaths, four Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets (a new record for Lullybeg reserve now one of only two currently known Kildare populations; the species is known from a very small numbers of sites in the Republic of Ireland)and several Burnet Companions seen on Lullybeg reserve, Co. Kildare. Cloudy, very light northerly breeze, 20 Celsius.

Richard Morrison (17/06/2014)

One Marsh Fritillary in garden located near marshy areas in Moyhill, Co. Clare – OS57 R236849. This area is on shale and contains extensive wetland.

Alexander and Jesmond Harding (18/06/2014)

Four Common Blues, one Peacock with tattered hindwings and one Red Admiral, several Speckled Woods, four Meadow Browns, 10 Ringlets at Louisa Bridge, Co. Kildare. Hot, sunny, 22 Celsius.

Richella Duggan (18/06/2014)

One Dingy Skipper (N 411436), six Marsh Fritillaries found at N41306 68964 and

N41251 68844, at Lough Derravaragh, County Westmeath. Hot, sunny, 22 Celsius.

Pat Bell (18/6/2014)

Two Meadow Browns, six Ringlets, six Speckled Woods, two Small Whites, two Orange Tips, one Red Admiral on Royal Canal transect, Maynooth. Sunny, 23 Celsius. I subsequently counted 59 Ringlets on 24th June under cloudy conditions and less species diversity. Lots of odonata to be counted here also, including a possible Emperor dragonfly.

John Lovatt (20/06/2014)

Two Cryptic Wood Whites, four Ringlets beside Killylay Lake, County Cavan.

Green-veined Whites and Speckled Woods numerous in Lough Oughter area, County Cavan.

Philip Strickland/Jesmond Harding (20/06/2014)

Several Common Blues, one Dark Green Fritillary, several Meadow Browns, small number of Small Heaths, several Transparent Burnets, c.6 Cinnabars, one Forester, one Wood Tiger, one Sweet Gale larva, several White-spotted Sables , several Pyraustia sanguinalis at Gortlecka, County Clare. Mainly overcast with some bright sunny spells, c. 20 Celsius.

Michael Kane (20/06/2014)

Meadow Browns and Small Heaths at T 040832 Carrignamuck/Knocknashamrogue, Co. Wicklow.

Philip Strickland/Jesmond Harding (21/06/2014)

One Dingy Skipper, six Wood Whites, 30 plus Common Blues, two Dark Green Fritillaries, five Marsh Fritillaries, one Speckled Wood, four Meadow Browns, one Meadow Brown larva seeking pupation site, c.10 Small Heaths, two Cinnabars, two Six-spot Burnets, several White-spotted Sables, c. 3 Pyraustia sanguinalis (Burren speciality), hundreds of Transparent Burnets, two Common White Waves, two Small Argent and Sables at Fahee North, County Clare. Sunny, 21 Celsius.

Richella Duggan (21/06/2014)

Three Marsh Fritillaries at N41306 68964, Lough Derravaragh, County Westmeath.

Pat Bell (23/6/2014)

Two Cryptic Wood Whites, three Common Blues, one Small Tortoiseshell, 84 Meadow Browns, 57 Ringlets, 38 Small Heaths, eight Speckled Woods on Dunshane Common, County Kildare. Sunny turning cloudy, 22 Celsius.

(The bulk of my sightings were in the two to three meter strip between the stream which runs alongside the road and an electric fence).

Alexander and Jesmond Harding (24/06/2014)

11 Common Blues, one Marsh Fritillary, one Speckled Wood, 29 Meadow Browns, 116 Ringlets, 28 Small Heaths on Lullybeg reserve, Co. Kildare. Mainly cloudy but some sunshine, 21 Celsius.

One Brimstone in good condition (f), one Orange-tip (m), several Peacock nests in various instars and one looser group of final instar larvae, several Speckled Woods, c.six Meadow Browns and numerous Ringlets along track adjoining southern boundary of IPCC reserve at Lullymore, Co. Kildare.

Richella Duggan and Áine Fennor (24/06/2014)

New population of Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets discovered near Lough Owel, Co. Westmeath at N418 591 and on the north shore of Lough Derravaragh, Co. Westmeath – N413 688. Sunny, c.21 Celsius.

Pat Bell (24/6/2014)

76 Meadow Browns, 79 Ringlets, 10 Small Tortoiseshells, one Small White on Stacumny transect, County Kildare. Cloudy, 21 Celsius. The take-off in numbers started last week, two weeks earlier than in 2013.

AGM of BCI (27/06/2014)

Numerous moth species found at Lullymore Heritage Park, Co. Kildare. The habitat is open Downy Birch woodland with well developed Bilberry. Some highlights and most numerous common species found were as follows: Map-winged Swifts, Waved Carpet (extreme rarity), Birch Mocha, Bilberry Pug (usually associated with the west of Ireland bogs), Large, Common and Light Emeralds, Northern Spinach (numerous), Lilac Beauty,(one) Grey Arches (numerous), Buff Ermine, Broom, Campion, Miller, Silver Hook, Scarce Silver Y, Snout, Beautiful Snout, etc. Calm, c.10 Celsius.

Brian Power (25/06/2014 and 28/06/2014 )

One Dark Green Fritillary in Glen River Park on the north side of Cork City at W 680 736.The park is a river valley with steepish sides containing areas of sparse and dense bracken with patches of bramble and gorse. There is plenty of dry grassy patches mingled in and a lovely grassy bank/roadside verge covered in grasses and wildflowers.

Alexander and Jesmond Harding (30/06/2014)

One Brimstone (male, in good condition), three Green-veined Whites, one Orange-tip, two Common Blues, 42 Meadow Browns, 277 Ringlets, 21 Small Heaths in Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, hot, c. 20 Celsius.

Pat Bell (30/6/2014)

Two Small Tortoiseshells, one Red Admiral, five Meadow Browns, 17 Ringlets, and six Speckled Woods on ‘Wildlife Walk’, Russborough House, County Wicklow. Sunny, c.20 Celsius.

July

Alexander and Jesmond Harding (01/07/2014)

One Green-veined White, four Small Tortoiseshells, six Speckled Woods, 107 Meadow Browns, 27 Ringlets along lane in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Warm, sunny, c.19 Celsius.

Alexander and Jesmond Harding (02/07/2014)

Seven Small Skippers, one egg-laying Small Tortoiseshell, several Ringlets, smaller number of Meadow Browns seen on Timahoe Bog (Drehid), Co. Kildare. Mainly cloudy, windy, mild, c.20 Celsius.

One old Peacock seen in Lullymore, near nettles vacated about a week ago by fully fed Peacock larvae. Conditions as above.

Jesmond Harding (02/07/2014)

Garden records: One Small Tortoiseshell, one Red Admiral, six Meadow Browns and seven Ringlets in back garden in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Spells of hazy sunshine, c.20 Celsius.

Michael Kane (03/07/2014)

One Large Emerald, indoors, at S 968 843, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow.

Philip Strickland/Jesmond Harding (05/07/2014)

12 Small Skippers, one Green-veined White, two Common Blues, two Small Tortoiseshells, three Peacock nests, two Speckled Woods, several Meadow Browns, Ringlets, four Small Heaths, 10 Large Heaths, two Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets, worn, mating/feeding on Marsh Thistle, three Northern Eggars, one Wood Tiger, two Common Heaths seen on Drehid Bog (mainly north), Co. Kildare. Intermittent sun, c.17 Celsius.

Michael Kane (05/07/2014)

Meadow Browns, Ringlets photographed at St Patrick’s Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, S 986 843. Mix of sun and cloud, c.17 Celsius.

An Taisce walk (06/07/2014)

One Brimstone, adult female, faded but not tattered, three Brimstone larvae, all early instars, two Common Blues, three Small Tortoiseshells, four Peacock larval nests, two Red Admirals, one Silver-washed Fritillary, one Dark Green Fritillary, male, chasing Small Tortoiseshells and feeding on Red Clover, first record at Lullybeg for perhaps 10 years, two Speckled Woods, several Meadow Browns, Ringlets, five Small Heaths, one Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moth larva, several Lesser Cream Waves at Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Mainly sunny, breezy, c.18 Celsius during sunshine.

Jesmond Harding (06/07/2014)

One Small White, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Red Admiral, 33 Meadow Browns, nine Ringlets in back garden, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Mainly sunny, c.18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (07/06/2014)

One Hummingbird Hawkmoth in garden in Parknabinnia, Co. Clare. The moth was feeding on catmint in its typical “hummingbird” manner. In 2012 I observed this species ovipositing on Lady’s Bedstraw elsewhere in Parknabinnia. Mainly overcast, c.18 Celsius.

Alexander, Andrew and Jesmond Harding (08/07/2014)

One Green-veined White, six Common Blues, four Silver-washed Fritillaries, 30 Dark Green Fritillaries, 34 Graylings, 10 Meadow Browns, numerous Ringlets (100’s), 36 Small Heaths, one Transparent Burnet, numerous Cinnabar larvae; these completely stripped some large Common Ragworts of flowers and foliage. Records made at Mullaghmore/Slieve Roe, Co. Clare. Sunny, breezy, c.19 Celsius.

Alexander,Andrew and Jesmond Harding (09/07/2014)

One Small White, six Green-veined Whites, several Common Blues, several Peacock larvae, 39 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 10 Dark Green Fritillaries, one Speckled Wood, several Meadow Browns, Ringlets, five Small Heaths between gate at R 294 946 and cottage at R 287954, Clooncoose, Co. Clare. Mainly overcast, sunny spells, 18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (10/07/2014)

Common Lutestrings, Riband Waves, Large Emeralds (four), Beautiful Carpets (two), July Highflyers (four), Green Pug, Clouded Border, Brimstone moth, Early Thorns (two), Scalloped Oaks (two), Engrailed, Common White Wave, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (one female), Double Square-spot (six) and Grey Dagger at Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Night overcast, c.14 Celsius.

Pat Bell (11/07/2014)

Three Green-veined Whites, one Small White, one Holly Blue, 10 Small Tortoiseshells and one Ringlet in my garden, in Maynooth, County Kildare. Sunny, c.22 Celsius. This is the earliest I’ve seen a summer generation Holly Blue in my garden.

Charlie and Jesmond Harding (13/07/2014)

Four Green-veined Whites, one Large White, 20 Small Tortoiseshells, one Peacock larva on path seeking pupation site, two Red Admirals, 20 Meadow Browns counted along Royal Canal between Allen Bridge, Kilcock and McLoghlin Bridge, Ferrans, Co’s Kildare and Meath (N 877 405). Mainly overcast but bright, c.18 Celsius.

John Lovatt (15/07/2014)

Nine Green-veined Whites, two Small Tortoiseshells, one Red Admiral, 478 Meadow Browns, five Ringlets in Newbridge Park Demesne, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Mainly cloudy with brief sunshine, c.18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (16/07/2014)

Two Brimstones (both female), new generation butterflies, one Small White, one Silver-washed Fritillary, one Oak Eggar, one Smoky Wainscot at Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. On July 6th an old female Brimstone was found here, still feeding and flying well, but faded. Could there be a generational overlap in the area this year? Sunny, strong breeze, c.18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (17/07/2014)

Two Brimstones (one male, one female), three Green-veined Whites, one Small White, one Common Blue, one Small Tortoiseshell, three Silver-washed Fritillaries including mating pair, 26 Meadow Browns, 47 Ringlets, 17 Small Heaths at Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. One Devil’s-bit Scabious plant already in flower indicative of advanced development. Sunny, hot, c.23 Celsius.

Michael Kane (19/07/2014)

One Silver Washed Fritilliary (male) seen and photographed at 2.00 pm in the same garden as in July 2013. Tomsollagh, Ferns, Co. Wexford, T 008 448. Bright Sunny conditions.

Joint BCI/BCNI Outing (20/07/2014)

10 plus Essex Skippers located in tall, flower rich, mainly molinia grassland near Timahoe Bog, Co. Kildare. Warm, mainly overcast.

Brian Power (22/07/2014)

Five Small Whites, 10 Green-veined Whites, one Purple Hairstreak, one Small Copper, eight Holly Blues, 10 Peacocks, five Red Admirals, up to 50 Comma sightings (photos supplied) with seven in view at once, three seen ovipositing on nettles, three Speckled Woods, 15 Meadow Browns, 10 Ringlets seen along a wooded riverbank location in Co. Carlow.

Brian Power (24/07/2014)

Five Dark Green Fritillaries, five Silver-washed Fritillaries, two Holly Blues, numerous browns in a recently cleared wood in Kildavin, County Carlow.

One Clouded Yellow, one Small Copper, over 100 Common Blues, one Comma, outside wood in Kildavin, Co. Carlow.

Jerry Wray & Pat Bell (31/07/2014)

One Clouded Yellow, several Small Whites, one Red Admiral and Meadow Browns. Kilcoole beach, Co. Wicklow. Cloudy, c.18 Celsius.

August

Andrew and Jesmond Harding (01/08/2014)

Two Large Whites, five Small Whites, two Green-veined Whites, two Small Coppers, one Small Tortoiseshell, nine Peacocks, one Speckled Wood, two Meadow Browns in garden in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny spells, c.18 Celsius.

Joe Foley (02/08/2014)

One Clouded Yellow at Lough Beg Reserve, Cork Harbour.

Jesmond Harding (04/08/2014)

Six Brimstones, six Small Whites, 10 Green-veined Whites, one Small Copper, 30 Peacocks, 16 Silver-washed Fritillaries (a record for the reserve), 13 Marsh Fritillary larval nests, two Speckled Woods, 14 Meadow Browns, four Ringlets, two Small Heaths and one Six-spot Burnet moth seen at Lullybeg reserve, Co. Kildare. Sunny, light breeze, temperature 17-21 Celsius.

Six Brimstones, one Green-veined White, one Small Copper, one Small Tortoiseshell larval nest, 30 Peacocks, four Silver-washed Fritillaries, two Wall Browns, one male, one female, both pristine, 10 Meadow Browns seen along lane adjoining IPCC reserve in Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 21 Celsius.

Six Small Whites including two mating pairs, one Green-veined White, four Small Coppers including mating pair, three Small Tortoiseshells, 11 Peacocks, two Meadow Browns in garden at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, 21 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (06/08/2014)

Three Brimstones, seven Small Whites, eight Green-veined Whites, one Small Copper, 28 Peacocks, five Silver-washed Fritillaries, one Dark Green Fritillary (male), 14 Marsh Fritillary larval nests, two Wall Browns, two Speckled Woods, four Ringlets, 15 Meadow Browns seen on the BCI reserve at Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny with brief heavy shower, c.18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (07/08/2014)

10 plus Brimstones, three Green-veined Whites, four Brown Hairstreaks, 10 plus Small Coppers, five Common Blues, three Small Tortoiseshells, 76 Peacocks, two Red Admirals, five Silver-washed Fritillaries, five Dark Green Fritillaries, four Wall Browns, 10 plus Speckled Woods, 30 plus Meadow Browns and five Small Heaths (plus three Shrill Carder Bees) at Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Sunny spells some cloudy intervals before 2 pm. Temperature of 18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (08/08/2014)

Two Small Whites, two Green-veined Whites, one Brown Hairstreak, five Small Coppers, three Common Blues, one Small Tortoiseshell, two Peacocks, one Silver-washed Fritillary, 11 Wall Browns, 57 Graylings, 12 Meadow Browns, one Ringlet and several Straw Belles seen along track from Aughrim to Kiltacky Beg, sample ref R364 958, Co. Clare. Sunny, breezy, c. 17 Celsius.

Eight Brown Hairstreaks seen at Gortlecka, Co. Clare later on 08/08.

Brian Power (10/08/2014)

One Clouded Yellow, c. 100 Common Blues at quarry in Kildavin, Co. Carlow.

Ian Rippey (15/08/2014)

One or two Large Whites, six Small Whites, two Green-veined Whites; 10 Peacocks, three Small Tortoiseshells, c. six Red Admirals and one Speckled Wood at Altamont Gardens, near the River Slaney, S 8665. Intermittent sunshine, 19 Celsius. A second visit was made later: 4-5 Purple Hairstreaks seen for a few minutes around 6.30 pm (3-4 seen around oak trees forming a group in “lower Arboretum”, where there is a large clump of what I believe is Skunk Cabbage c.S865659).

Two or three Large Whites and one Peacock on Verbena at S888599 in Kildavin Village, Co. Carlow

Three or four Small Whites, two male and two female Common Blues, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock, one Painted Lady (apparently reasonable condition at least) one Speckled Wood at S896596 in gravel pit south of Kildavin, Co. Carlow.

One Holly Blue, one Peacock and one Red Admiral at roadside at S905613, c. 1 mile west of Clonegall, Co. Carlow.

Two or three Common Blues, two Small Tortoiseshells, c. 14 Peacocks and one Treble-bar in disused gravel pit with Buddleias at S896596, Huntington west of Clonegall Co. Carlow.

One or two Small Coppers; one Red Admiral, two Speckled Woods and three or four Cinnabar larvae on Ragwort in fields with young conifers interspersed with weeds, with occasional oak in hedgerows at c. S910605 at Huntington near Clonegall, Co. Carlow.

Three Peacocks and one Red Admiral at edge of Clonegall village (S918609), Co. Wexford.

Jesmond Harding (19/08/2014)

One Brimstone, three Small Whites, four Green-veined Whites, one Small Copper, three Common Blues, one Small Tortoiseshell, 16 Peacocks, three Silver-washed Fritillaries, 23 Marsh Fritillary larval nests, one Wall Brown, two Speckled Woods, three Meadow Browns and one Vapourer moth at Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Cool, brief sunny intervals, 14 Celsius max.

Two Small Whites, two Small Coppers, one Common Blue, four Small Tortoiseshells, eight Peacocks, seven Red Admirals and one Speckled Wood in my wildlife garden in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Mainly sunny, 16 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (20/08/2014)

Two Green-veined Whites, 10 Peacocks, four Silver-washed Fritillaries, two Meadow Browns and two Shaded Broad-bars near small car park at Dromore Wood, (southern side) Co. Clare. Mainly overcast, brief sunshine, c.14 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (21/08/2014)

One female Brown Hairstreak on bramble, c.10 Peacocks, c.10 Meadow Browns, two Small Coppers, one Common Blue, one Emperor dragonfly at Gortlecka, R306 943, Co. Clare. Cool, sunny, c.15 Celsius.

One Marsh Fritillary larval web, two Wall Browns at Rinnamona, R297 943, Co. Clare. Cool, windy, c.14 Celsius.

John Lovatt (24/08/2014)

Up to four Silver-washed Fritillaries at Crover, near shore of Lough Sheelin, Co. Cavan, between 04/08 and 24/08.

Michael Kane (26/08/2014)

Six Clouded Yellows in field near church in New Quay, County Clare.

Jesmond Harding (31/08/2014)

Seven Brimstones, one Small White, one Green-veined White, one Small Copper, 10 Common Blues, 19 Small Tortoiseshells, 23 Peacocks, 11 Red Admirals, one Painted Lady, 36 Marsh Fritillary larval webs, three Walls, two Speckled Woods, one Emperor larva, one Emperor dragonfly on Crabtree Reserve, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare.

September

Richella Duggan (04/09/2014)

One Clouded Yellow at N 18207 19023, Boora Parklands, Co. Offaly. Sunny.

Michael Kane (04/09/2014)

One comma, (my first record) 20 plus Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacocks and a Red Admiral on a sedum plant and a number of Red Admirals and Speckled Woods feasting in the plum trees in my sister’s garden this morning in Tomsollagh Ferns, Co. Wexford.

Note: September sees many members of the vanessids and Speckled Woods visiting “butterfly gardens” so keep your eyes open for these showy species and send us your records.

John Lovatt (04/09/2014)

100 Large Whites, 10 Green-veined Whites, 20 Common Blues, 150 Small Tortoiseshells, 50 Red Admirals, 250 Speckled Woods seen at The Hook/Slade/Churchtown. These are conservative estimates. Sunny, c.22 Celsius.

John Lovatt (on or around 04/09/2014)

One Clouded Yellow in Enniscorthy garden feeding on flowering shrub.

Ian Rippey (04/09/2014)

One Comma near the lock on the River Barrow at Borris Estate, Co.Carlow.

Pat Bell (05/09/2014)

One Green-veined White, one Small White, 20 Small Tortoiseshells, three Peacocks, 12 Red Admirals and three Speckled Woods in my garden, in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Mostly cloudy, c.20 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (06/09/2014)

One Antler moth, two Hedge Rustics, two Burren Greens at Parknabinnia, Co. Clare. Night was cool, breezy, c.8 Celsius.

Michael Kane (07/09/2014)

Grayling seen in Behagh, New Quay, Co. Clare. Sunny, c.18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (07/09/2014)

One Brimstone, three Green-veined Whites, three Small Coppers, one Common Blue, three Small Tortoiseshells, 10 Marsh Fritillary larval nests (on south facing slopes at Clooncoose), 40 Speckled Woods, three Graylings, five Meadow Browns and three Small Heaths counted between Gortlecka meadows and 100 metres past renovated cottage at Clooncoose. Sunny, warm, c.18 Celsius.

Pat Bell (08/09/2014)

One Large White, four Small Whites, five Green-veined Whites, four Small Tortoiseshells, five Red Admirals, and 40+ Speckled Woods seen along the Barrow Way from Clashganny Lock to Borris Lock. Sunny, c.17 Celsius.

Richella Duggan (10/09/2014)

Five Marsh Fritillary larval nests at Lough Derravaragh, North shore.

John Lovatt (11/09/2014)

One Clouded Yellow, one Hummingbird Hawkmoth in Churchtown, Slade, Hook Head, Co. Wexford.

Jesmond Harding (13/09/2014)

Three Brimstones, three Common Blues, three Small Tortoiseshells, 23 Red Admirals, five Speckled Woods on Crabtree Reserve, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Mainly overcast but warm, 22 Celcius.

John Lovatt (13/09/2014)

100-150 Red Admirals mainly on flowering ivy on walls etc. I could not see over the walls to count the Red Admirals on the other side, so the numbers here are conservative estimates. All looked pristine. Speckled Woods also numerous in Churchtown, Slade, Hook Head, Co. Wexford. Pleasant, sunny, calm, c 20 Celsius.

Michael Kane (16/09/2014)

One Comma on Ice Plant, in garden in Tomsollagh, Ferns, Co. Wexford. See record of 04/09 above. The Comma appears to be a newly emerged individual. Warm, sunny, c.20 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (18/09/2014)

Two Green-veined Whites, 11 Small Tortoiseshells, one Peacock, two Red Admirals, one Speckled Wood and one Hummingbird Hawkmoth (feeding on Common Knapweed) in back garden, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, 18 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (20/09/2014)

One Brimstone (just outside reserve), eight Small Tortoiseshells, 14 Red Admirals, (plus six outside reserve boundary) four Speckled Woods and two Silver Y moths in Lullybeg’s Crabtree Reserve, Co.Kildare. Sunny, 18-20 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (21/09/2014)

One Large White, one Small Tortoiseshell and three Red Admirals in St Anne’s Park, Clontarf, Co. Dublin, O 214374. Sunny, warm, c.18 Celsius.

John Lovatt (28/09/2014)

One Clouded Yellow at Mizen Head, Co. Cork.

John Lovatt (29/09/2014)

30 Red Admirals at The Hook, Co. Wexford. Sunny, c.20 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (29/09/2014)

One Green-veined White, four Small Tortoiseshells, one Speckled Wood and the following moths: Garden Carpet, Grey Pine/Pine Carpet, Beaded Chestnut, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Angle Shades, Rosy Rustic, Pink-barred Sallow, Merveille du Jour in garden at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, c.20 Celsius during sunshine, mild at night.

October

Brian Power (02/10/2014)

10 Green-veined Whites, four Small Whites, one Small Copper, one Small Tortoiseshell, 25 Commas all looking very fresh (including 4 on the one Ivy plant), c.60 Red Admirals and 100+ Speckled Woods along wooded riverbank in Co. Carlow.

Two Commas along riverbank in Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. Warm, sunny, c.20 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (02/10/2014)

Six Small Tortoiseshells and two Speckled Woods in back garden in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, warm, c.20 Celsius.

John Lovatt (06/10/2014)

Two Red Admirals at Clogher Head, Co. Louth.

John Lovatt (07/10/2014)

50 Red Admirals and three Painted Lady butterflies feeding on ivy and hebe species at The Hook, Co. Wexford.

Richella Duggan (08/10/2014)

Two Common Blues, six Small Tortoiseshells, one Red Admiral at Lough Derravaragh, Co. Westmeath.

Jesmond Harding (11/10/2014)

Three Red Admirals, Lullymore, Co. Kildare

One Common Blue, six Small Tortoiseshells, three Red Admirals, one Vapourer moth and one Pink-barred Sallow on Crabtree Butterfly Reserve, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, calm, 16 Celsius.

One Small Tortoiseshell and one Figure of Eight moth in garden, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny 16 Celsius. Night clear, cold, light grass frost.

Jesmond Harding (12/10/2014)

Three Red Admirals in St Anne’s Park, Clontarf, Co. Dublin.

One Small Tortoiseshell in garden, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, c.17 Celsius.

John Lovatt (12/10/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell, six Red Admirals at Ballaghan Point, Co. Louth.

Pat Bell (12/10/2014)

One Red Admiral and one Speckled Wood on my Royal Canal transect, Maynooth. I also saw at least 10 Migrant Hawker dragonflies including one coupled/mating pair. Sunny, c.14 Celsius.

Brian Power (13/10/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell, six Commas (five basking, one in flight which settled on ivy), seven Red Admirals and 11 Speckled Woods along river bank in Co. Carlow. Sunny conditions.

John Lovatt (16/10/2014)

C. 20 Red Admirals at Hook Head, Co. Wexford.

Jesmond Harding (18/10/2014)

One Red Admiral in the grounds of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Sunny, breezy, c.14 Celsius.

November

Michael Kane (05/11/2014)

One pristine Red Admiral photographed at 3pm basking on Leylandii at Tomsallagh, Ferns, Co. Wexford.

Shane Farrell via John Lovatt (09/11/2015)

One Clouded Yellow at Cahore, Co. Wexford.

Jesmond Harding (16/11/2014)

One Red-green Carpet moth on landing of house in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Note: The female of this moth over-winters in the adult stage.

John Lovatt (16/11/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell flying near pond in Father Collins Park, Clongriffin, County Dublin. Sunny, calm.

Shazia Waheed (16/11/2014)

Two Clouded Yellows, feeding on dandelions and one Painted Lady at Inch Strand, Co. Cork, W 875 604. Sunny.

Ken Bond (19/11/2014)

Two Red Admirals at about 400m in Nagle Mts, Co Cork.

Pat Bell (22/11/2014). One Red Admiral on my Royal Canal transect. My first ever November sighting! Sunny, c. 10 Celsius.

Jesmond Harding (23/11/2014)

One Meadow Brown larva at base of Sheep’s Fescue tussock at Mornington, Co. Meath.

One November moth at window of house at Mulhussey, Co. Meath.

Patrick Sheridan (25/11/2014)

One Red Admiral flying around underground car park in Maynooth, County Kildare.

Alexander Harding (30/11/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell flying around hall light roused by heating and light; the butterfly was placed in a jar, placed in a cool, dark area and when settled, placed on a curtain in an unheated utility room. NOTE: Do not release overwintering butterflies and moths outdoors during the colder months as they will quickly become immobile and are likely to fall victim to birds. They may also die of exposure during severe cold. Treat as described in bold.

Shazia Waheed (30/11/2014)

One Painted Lady at Whiting Bay, County Waterford at X 156 777 (Tetrad X17N). Sunny, light winds.

Deirdre Waheed (30/11/2014)

One Small Tortoiseshell seen at Banduff, Co. Cork W 710 738 (Tetrad W77B). Sunny, light winds.

Ken Bond (30/11/2014)

One butterfly, probably a Peacock, seen in silhouette in North Cork. Bright sunshine, light winds.

December

Tom Curtis (17/12/2014)

Two Peacocks (one basking on peat brick) in Carbury, Co. Kildare.

Jesmond Harding (21/12/2014)

Two December moths near outdoor light of home at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Windy but mild; 12C.

Jesmond Harding (21/12/2014)

Three December moths and two Winter moths near outdoor light of home at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Calm, mild; 9C.