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2017 Records

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.

Craig Ayres (24/02/2017)

Peacock 1 at G849831, Lettermore, Inver, Donegal.

Joan Smyth (27/02/2017)

Peacock 1 basking on footpath at 11:30am, at Carrickbrack, Sutton, Co. Dublin at O 266382. Sunny, 7C.

Con O’Donnell (05/03/2017)

Peacock 1 at C 647407, Greencastle, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Sunny, 10C.

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.

Karen Bennett (15/03/2017)

Brimstone 4 on railway track at  S683933, Athy, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 16C.

Rob Delaney (15/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 1 in my garden near Adamstown, Co. Wexford.

Andrew Power (20/03/2017)

Comma 4 seen during a ten minute search in a wood near Kildavin, Co. Carlow. Sunny, c.12C.

Rob Delaney (20/03/2017)

Holly Blue 1 in my garden near Adamstown, Co. Wexford.

Elizabeth Dunne (23/03/2017)

Holly Blue 1, taking nectar in a private garden at S 515547, Kilkenny.

Patrick Sheridan (24/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 on canal bank at N 623103, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare. Sunny, cool, 8C.

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.

Sandra Sheridan (25/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 6 on canal bank at N 780416, Enfield, Co. Meath. Sunny, warm, 13C.

Jesmond Harding (25/03/2017)

Brimstone 10 plus, all males, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 4 at Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, very light breeze, 15.4C at 11:35am.

Jesmond Harding and Philip Strickland (25/03/2017)

Brimstone 3, (note: 2 males seen around 2:30pm but P.Strickland observed a female in late morning in the same area) Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 4 along track adjoining IPCC reserve at Lullymore, Co. Kidare. Sunny, c.15C at 2:30pm.

Jesmond Harding and Patrick Sheridan (25/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 2 at c.5pm along bank of Royal Canal at Posseckstown, Co. Meath. Sunny, c.14C.

Pat Wyse (25/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 2, at Coonough, Carbury, Co. Kildare. Sunny 13C.

Paul Cutler (25/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1 at S 870658 on the banks of the River Slaney, Altamont Estate, Co. Carlow. Sunny, warm morning.

Paul Cutler (26/03/2017)

Holly Blue 1 at S 870658 on the banks of the River Slaney, Altamont Estate, Co. Carlow. Sunny, warm.

Michael Kane (26/03/2017)

Peacock 3 seen at about 2pm at High Park, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. Sunny, c.15C.

Robert Aldwell (26/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell in private garden, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.13C.

Robert Aldwell (26/03/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 1 in Booterstown, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Robert Aldwell (27/03/2017)

Peacock 1 in Dalkey Quarry, Co. Dublin.

George McDermott (27/03/2017)

Peacock 1 at C 34603139 in Amazing Grace Park, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

Joan Bruck (27/03/2017)

Holly Blue 1 at Ballinlough, Cork City.

Sue and John Shiels (27/03/2017)

Peacock 1 at C 022209 in walled garden at Glenveagh, Co. Donegal.

Elaine Mullins (27/03/2017)

Holly Blue 1 at Carrick Hill Heights, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.14C.

Jesmond Harding (28/03/2017)

Holly Blue 1 in grounds of second level school in Old Bawn, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.14C.

David Mcilveen (29/03/2017)

Peacock 1 at C 356 230, Inch Nature Reserve, C. Donegal.

Robert Aldwell (31/03/2017)

Holly Blue 1 flying around ivy, at 11:15am at GR 02128, edge of Rockfield Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Sunny, c.15C.

Holly Blue 1 female basking on south facing privet in my garden at GR 02228 Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Also a newly emerged Listrodromus nycthemerus from a Holly Blue pupa one of a number formed by larvae collected locally last autumn and stored in a cool place indoor since then.

Jesmond Harding (31/03/2017)

March Moth 1, Small Quaker 1, Powdered Quaker 1, Common Quaker 33, Clouded Drab 8, Hebrew Character 14, Early Grey 4, Pale Pinnion 2 at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Cool overnight, c.4C min temp.

Michael Kane (01/04/2017)

Holly Blue 1 in Tomsollagh, Ferns, Co. Wexford.

Jesmond Harding (02/04/2017)

Small White 1, fluttering around Muscari at Intel roundabout, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 14C.

Robert Aldwell (02/04/2017)

Holly Blue 2 (11:45am) flying 3m above ground, near ivy, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 1 at O 2626 in Dalkey Quarry, Co. Dublin. Sunny spells, 12-13C.

Robert Aldwell (07/04/2017)

Holly Blue 4 at O 1622, southwest area of Stephen’s Green, Dublin Holly Blue 2 at O 1633 , on ivy in south side of Merrion Square, Dublin. Sunny, c.13C.

Jesmond Harding (07/04/2017) Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1, along sheltered lane in Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny, 13C.

Michael Gray (07/04/2017)

Holly Blue 2, Peacock 1 in my garden at O 156272, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. Sunny.

Philip Strickland and Jesmond Harding (08/04/2017)

Orange Tip 1, Brimstone 6 (including four females with at least two laying on Common Buckthorn and Alder Buckthorn), Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2 along recently cleared track in Lullybeg, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 18C in afternoon.

Patrick Sheridan and Theresa Bennett (08/04/2017)

Brimstone 2, Green-veined White 6, Orange-tip 2, Holly Blue 26, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock 5, Speckled Wood 3, in square S 69 along River Barrow, Athy, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 17C. Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 9 at N60, Oghill, Co. Kildare. Sunny, 13C.

Patrick Sheridan (08/04/2017)

Brimstone 1 at N60, Cloney, Co. Kildare. Sunny, warm, 17C.

Brimstone 5, Orange-tip 1 Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 6, Speckled Wood 1 at N61, Clonmoyle, Co. Kildare. Sunny, warm, 17C.

Ethna Diver (08/04/2017)

Speckled Wood 1 at C 178127 in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Pat Bell (08/04/2017)

Holly Blue 1 in my garden in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. This is two weeks earlier than my first garden Holly Blue in 2016. Sunny, 17C.

Robert Aldwell (08/04/2017)

Holly Blue 1 seen at 11:15am at  O 214382, Raheny Dart Station, Co. Dublin. Sunny, 12C.

Helen Cloney (08/04/2017)

Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1 at S 8848 at Caim, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Craig Ayers (08/04/2017)

Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 3, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 at G 849831 at Lettermore, Inver, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth and Robert Aldwell (08/04/2017)

Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 1 at O 266 374, Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin 13.

Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 at O 283 366, on cliff path, Howth, Co. Dublin.

Frank Smyth (11/04/2017)

Green-veined White 5, Marsh Fritillary larvae; 100’s, all singles; could be an early flight this year, at O 245 379, North Bull Island, Co. Dublin.

Jesmond Harding (12/04/2017)

Holly Blue 1, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1 along boreen at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Sunny spells, windy, c.14C.

David Mcilveen (12/04/2017)

Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 14, Peacock 1 at C 188128, Kiltoy, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (15/04/2017)

Green-veined White 2, Orange-tip 1 at G 868685, Knather Wood near Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 5 at G 868685, Lr. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.

Ethna Diver (17/04/2017)

Water Carpet 3, Hebrew Character 3, at C20, Knockbrack, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (17/04/2017)

Marsh Fritillary larvae 9 basking on heath at Causeway, Carrigart, Co. Donegal. This extensive site’s Marsh Fritillary population had been monitored for 10 years. Sunny, 12C.

David Mcilveen (17/04/2017)

Holly Blue 1, Peacock 1 at C 183286, Cratlagh, Milford, Co. Donegal.

Frank Smyth (17/04/2017)

Green-veined White 6, Orange-tip 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1 at G 868685, Lr Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.

David Mcilveen (19/04/2017)

Green-veined White 1, Holly Blue 1 at C 095153, Drumcavney, Trentagh, Co. Donegal.

David Mcilveen (20/04/2017)

Small White 1 at C 186294, Cratlagh, Milford, Co. Donegal.

Jesmond Harding (20/04/2017)

Brimstone 4, Green-veined White 1, Orange-tip 2, Holly Blue 1, Peacock 10, Pearl-bordered Fritillary larvae 6 (largest one c.25mm), Marsh Fritillary larvae 30 plus, mostly fully-fed, Speckled Wood 2, Transparent Burnet larvae 5, Common Heath 2 on limestone grassland and pavement at Clooncoose, Co. Clare; larvae mainly at R 284955. Sunny, c.15C.

David Mcilveen (21/04/2017)

Green-veined White 1, Peacock 1, Speckled Wood 1, Drinker Moth larva 26 at C 046179, Lacknakoo, Gartan, Co. Donegal.

Green-veined White 5, Orange-tip 18, Speckled Wood 2 at C 061172, The Glebe Gallery, Gartan, Co. Donegal.

Jesmond Harding (22/04/2017)

Brimstone 2, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 5, Drinker Moth larva 1, Transparent Burnet larva 1 (also adult male Slow Worm 1) at R 207945, Gortlecka, Co. Clare. Sunny, c.13C.

John Lovatt (25/04/2017)

Orange-tip 1 at O 216482, Kilcrea, north side of Malahide Estuary, Co. Dublin.

Frank Smyth (26/04/2017)

Wall Brown 2 on cliff path, Howth, Co. Dublin; earlier than the first sightings here last year.

Robert Aldwell and Ethna Diver (29/04/2017)

Marsh Fritillary 28 final instar larvae found on dry Succisa-rich heath in count lasting 20 minutes at B 8024, Magheraclogher, Bunbeg, Co. Donegal. Less than 10% of the habitat was covered, as conditions did not favour fuller coverage. This site may be indicative of the current status of many Marsh Fritillary populations on sites extending from south of Dungloe to Bloody Foreland.