Below are the records for 2017.
First sightings for each species are given in bold.
Myrtle Parker (20/01/2017)
Red Admiral 1, at Fountainstown, Co. Cork.
Coilin MacLochlainn (24/01/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, in garden at Sandyford, Co. Dublin.
Jesmond Harding (28/01/2017)
Dotted Border 1, on front door at Mulhussey, Co. Meath.
Frank Smyth (08/02/2017)
Marsh Fritillary 12 webs with about 70 larvae per web basking on dried grass among Devil’s-bit Scabious; these are out about 2-3 weeks before the main emergence; larvae found at Alder Marsh, Dollymount, Dublin, at O 244378. Sunny, 7 C.
Jesmond Harding (18/02/2017)
Brown Hairstreak ova 4, on south facing Common Blackthorn at c.1.5m up on plants at the edge of an uncut hedge in the Burren National Park, Gortlecka, Co. Clare.
Jesmond Harding (19/02/2017)
Winter Moth 1, Early Thorn 1 in The Glebe, Corofin, Co. Clare. The Early Thorn evaded two attacks from a House Sparrow by diving towards the ground.
Joan Smyth (27/02/2017)
Peacock 1 basking on footpath at 11:30am, at Carrickbrack, Sutton, Co. Dublin at O 266382. Sunny, 7C.
Pat Bell (08/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, in Irish Wheelchair Association Biodiversity Garden, Clane, Co. Kildare. Sunny, calm, 13C.
Pat Wyse (09/03/2017)
Brimstone 1, on Crabtree Reserve, Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 13C.
Jesmond Harding (10/03/2017)
Shoulder Stripe 1, Common Quaker 26, Twin-spot Quaker 1, Clouded Drab 2, Hebrew Character 8 in garden at N922425, Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Calm, mild, 12C at 9pm.
Pat Wyse and Jesmond Harding (11/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 2, Marsh Fritillary larval nests 18, Dotted Border 1 at Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Mainly overcast, sunny from about 2pm; 14C in sunshine.
Jesmond Harding (11/03/2017)
Brimstone 3 males seen together, Marsh Fritillary nest 1 at Lullybeg (seen with Pat Wyse), Co. Kildare. Sunny when Brimstones seen; 14C in sunshine.
Lucy Bell (11/03/2017)
Brimstone 1, in Garryland Nature Reserve, Co. Galway. Sunny, 15C.
Brian Power (12/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, on Old Head of Kinsale, on Common Dandelion; a great plant for spring butterflies!
Pat Bell (13/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, on Royal Canal transect, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 14C.
Pat Bell (14/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, on Barrow Way north of Maganey Bridge, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 15C.
Alexander Harding (15/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, seen in our garden at 1:45pm at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, 15C.
Pat Bell (15/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1, on Stacumny transect, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 15C.
Paul Cutler (15/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, on Red Dead-nettle in my garden in Killane, Ballon, Co. Carlow, at S813652. Sunny during the morning, c.14C.
Andrew Power (20/03/2017)
Comma 4 seen during a ten minute search in a wood near Kildavin, Co. Carlow. Sunny, c.12C.
Elizabeth Dunne (23/03/2017)
Holly Blue 1, taking nectar in a private garden at S 515547, Kilkenny.
Pat Bell (24/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 1, nectaring on dandelion in my garden in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 9C.
Jesmond Harding (24/03/2017)
Small Tortoiseshell 9, Peacock 1 from c.3pm-4pm at Louisa Bridge, Co. Kildare. Sunny, light easterly breeze, 10C.