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Butterfly Record Archives 2008


Fintan Ryan: Peacock(1), Milltown, Dublin 6, 23/12
[Temperature ~ 12°C and calm. May have been evicted from nearby house.]

Frank Smyth: Red Admiral(1), Ceannchor Road, Howth, Dublin, 28/11

Kim & Zöe Tyner: Small Tortoiseshel(1), nr Ashford, Wicklow, 26/11 [basking, 13°C]

Frank Smyth: Red Admiral(1 egg), nr Lion's Head, Howth (see 21/11); Red Admiral (1 parasitized larva in medium sized tent - white cocoons), Red Rock, Howth, Dublin, 25/11

Frank Smyth: Red Admiral(3) Lion's Head, Howth, Dublin, 21/11 [Two in good condition (probably female), one quite tattered; two feeding on ivy and third one basking, 12-13°C]

Frank Smyth
: Speckled Wood(1), The Needles, Howth, Dublin, 4/11

Angus Tyner: Red Admiral(1), nr Ashford, Wicklow, 31/10; Speckled Wood(1), Nr Ashford, Wicklow, 2/11 

Geoff Hunt: Red Admiral(1), Loop Head, Clare, 26/10

Freddie Walsh: Red Admiral(3), Speckled Wood(1), Small Tortoiseshell(1), The Raven NNR, Wexford, 27/10

Bob Aldwell: Holly Blue(1), Seapoint, Dublin, 26/10 [large, pristine female on ivy].

Helen Cloney: Peacock(1), Caim, Wexford, 26/10

Bob Aldwell: Red Admiral(2), Torca Road and Sorrento Park, Dalkey, Dublin, 25/10 [Temp. 9-12 degrees, shelterd areas]


David Nash: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Enniscorthy, Wexford, 22/10

Bob Aldwell & Frank Smyth: Holly Blue(4 larvae), Dalkey-Killiney, Dublin, 17/10;
Holly Blue(4 larvae), Monkstown Area, Dublin, 18/10 [B Aldwell]

Frank Smyth: Red Admiral(1), Large White(1), Red Rock, Sutton, Dublin, 12/10;
Speckled Wood(2), Large White(2), Holly Blue(1), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Red Admiral(1), Ceannchor Road area, Howth, Dublin, 13/10 [Holly Blue was fresh male - presumably 3rd brood]

Niall T Keogh:  Speckled Wood(1),  Kilcoole,  Wicklow &  (1) Blackditch East Coast Nature Reserve, Wicklow, 11/10

Jesmond Harding: Large White(2), Small White(1), Portmarnock, Dublin, 11/10

Freddie Walshe: Small Tortoiseshell(17), Red Admiral(1), Green-veined White(1), Speckled Wood(2), The Raven NNR, Wexford, 11/10

Bob Aldwell & Frank Smyth: Speckled Wood(7), Small Tortoiseshell(4), Common Blue(1) [sand dunes], Red Admiral(3) [wood], The Raven NNR, Wexford, 8/10;
Large White(1 adult + 40 larvae), Ballymoney, Wexford, 8/10.
Holly Blue (larvae), Monkstown-Blackrock, Dublin, 11/10 [Aldwell]

Frank Smyth: Holly Blue(1), Sutton; 19/9 & 21/9, (1), Baldoyle, 20/9, (4), Howth, 23/9;
Speckled Wood(12), Peacock(3), Holly Blue(4), Small Tortoiseshell(4), Small White(1), Howth, Dublin, 23/9;
Red Admiral(12), Painted Lady(1),  Howth Head, Dublin, 25/9; 
Red Admiral(7), Sutton, Dublin, 27/9

Bob Aldwell: Donegal Report for period 16th August to 5th September »»»

Geoff Hunt: Red Admiral(4), Speckled Wood(3), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Lough Ioral, Cape Clear, Cork, 21/9


Coilin MacLochlainn: Brimstone(1), Meadow Brown(5), Speckled Wood(2), Common Blue(1), Mullaghmore, Clare, 20/9;
Brimstone(8), Silver-washed Fritillary(1), Peacock(1), Large White(1), Green-veined White(1), Speckled Wood(10), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Dromore Wood, Clare, 20/9;
Small Tortoiseshell(2), Speckled Wood(5), Attyslany Wood, Burren, Clare, 20/9

Bob Aldwell: Large White, Small White, Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, 19/9; Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small White, Red Admiral(6 large larvae), Vico Road, Dalkey, Dublin, 19/9;
Small Tortoiseshell(10+), Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral(larvae half-grown), Portrane/Donabate, Dublin, with DNFC, 20/9;
Holly Blue, Albert Road, Glenageary, 20/9 [Anthony Mooney]
Peacock(1), Seapoint, Dublin, 21/9

David Nash: Small Tortoiseshell(2+), Speckled Wood(6+), Green-veined White(1), Howth, Dublin, 21/9

Brian Danaher: Speckled Wood(1), Large White(1), Deansgrange, Dublin, 18/9; 
Speckled Wood(3), Small White(1), Shanganagh, Dublin, 20/9:
Large White(1), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Deansgrange, Dublin, 20/9

Freddie Walsh: Small Tortoiseshell(73), Painted Lady(1), Common Blue(20), Speckled Wood(20), Large White(7), Small White(6, (inc 1 mating pair), The Raven NNR, Wexford, 13/9

DNFC: Small Tortoiseshell(10+), Large White(6), Small White(2+), Speckled Wood(3+), Holly Blue(3+), Red Admiral(1), Howth Demesne & Claremont Beach, Dublin, 13/9

Sean Geraty: Red Admiral(5), Peacock(1), Small Tortoiseshell(11), Large White(1), Dublin  Zoo, 8/9;
Holly Blue(5), Meadow Brown(3), Phoenix Park, Dublin, 8/9

Adrian Phelan: Red Admiral(4), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Speckled Wood(6), Common Blue(4), Meadow Brown(1), Large White(4), Small White(6), Irishtown Park, Dublin, 7/9

Brian Danaher: Small Tortoiseshel, Deansgrange, Dublin, 7/9; Red Admiral(2), Speckled Wood(2), Glencree, Wicklow, 7/9

Freddie Walsh: Meadow Brown(x100), Common Blue(20), Wall Brown(8), Wall Brown(8), Grayling(30), Large White(3), Peacock(1), Ballyteigue Burrows, Wexford, 30/8;
Common Blue(12f + 5m), Speckled Wood(7), Meadow Brown(1), Large White(2), The Raven, Wexford, 6/9

Sean Geraty: Common Blue(10), Bertraw Strand, west of Westport, May, 29/8;
Small Tortoiseshell(2), Large White(1), Dublin Zoo, 1/9;
Small Tortoiseshell(2), Common Blue(1), Holly Blue(2), Speckled Wood(8), nr Aras an Uachtaran, Pheonix Park, Dublin, 1/9;
Large White(1), Lucan, Dublin, 2/9; Red Admiral(2), Dublin Zoo (on Buddleja), 2/9;
Small Tortoiseshell(5), Meadow Brown(3), Speckled Wood(1), Phoenix Park, 3/9

Coilin MacLochlainn: Purple Hairstreak(1). Large White(1). Onagh Bridge, Powerscourt, Co Wicklow, 24/8;
Purple Hairstreak(8), Holly Blue(1), Speckled Wood(3), Large White(1), Ballycoyle, Glencree, Co Wicklow, 24/8;
Peacock(5), Small Copper (1), Small Tortoiseshell(3), Large White(10), Green-veined White(20), Meadow Brown(10), Broadlough, Co Wicklow, 24/8

Freddie Walshe: GVW(20), Large White(20), Small White(2), Wood White(2), Gatekeeper(5), Speckled Wood(30), Grayling(2), Meadow Brown(10), Small Heath(12), Red Admiral(8), Small Tortoishell(4), Peacock(15), Common Blue(60),Silver-washed Frittilary(6), Dark Green Fritillary(1), Small Copper(6), the Raven Nature Reserve, Wexford, 24/8


Bob Aldwell: CB(6+), SW(6+), SpW(3), GVW(2) , MB(2), LW(1), SC(1), Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, 22/8

Coilin MacLochlainn: Gatekeeper [(5+), Ballywater], Small Copper(1), Red Admiral(5), Peacock(5+), Small Tortoiseshell(5+), Common Blue(1), Large White(5+), Green-veined White(5+), Meadow Brown(10+), Speckled Wood( 5+) Cahore to Ballywater, Wexford, 14/8;
Common Blue(2), Meadow Brown(2), Red Admiral(1), Peacock(1), Large White(1) Ballygarret (north of Cahore), Wexford, 14/8;
Comma(1), Small Copper(1), Red Admiral(2), Peacock(2), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Common Blue(2), Large White(5+), Small White(2), Green-veined White(5+), Meadow Brown(5+), Speckled Wood(5+), Courtown Burrow, Wexford, 14/8;
Purple Hairstreak(6), Killiney Hill, Dublin, 5/8

Tom Cuffe: Brown Hairsteak(1, also on 10/8), Silver-washed Fritillary(3), Meadow Brown(5), Speckled Wood(20), Small White(plentiful), Rusheen Wood/Small Wood, Galway, 2/8

Brian Hodkinson: Holly Blue(3), Large White(1), Inchicore, Dublin, 10/10

Bob Aldwell: Holly Blue(10+), Speckled Wood(2), Large White(2), Sorrento Park, Dalkey, Dublin, 8/8; Red Admiral larvae(2, small), Dalkey Hill, Dublin, 8/8
Report for Donegal: 16th-31st July 

Bob Aldwell:  
Holly Blue(5), Grayling(1), Sorrento Park, Dalkey. Holly Blue(1), Small White(1), Vico Rd – embankment. Large White 1, Killiney Hill. South Dublin, 1/8;
Peacock(2), Red Admiral(1), Holly Blue(3), Speckled Wood(2), private garden Newtownpark Ave. Holly Blue(1), Temple Crescent Blackrock. South Dublin, 2-3/8;
Holly Blue(1), Newtown Ave , Blackrock & Holly Blue(4), Blackrock Park. South Dublin, 4/8;
Small Tortoiseshell
larvae(1000+) at all stages [no signs of predation by wasps], walk between 
Blackrock Park and Booterstown, south Dublin. 4/8

Jesmond Harding: Brown Hairstreak(several m & f), Gortlecka and along Green Road, Burren, Clare, 1-8/8;
Green-veined White(20+), Large White(1), Silver-washed Fritillary(6+), Dark Green Fritillary(4+), Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Clooncoose, Clare, 4/8

Tony Murray & Sarah Stapleton: Comma(1), near the River Sow, Ballyregan (Edenvale), Co. Wexford, 1/8; Comma(4), near the River Sow, Ballyregan (Edenvale), Co. Wexford, 3/8

Deirdre Hardiman: Red Admiral(2), Wall brown(3), Meadow brown(3), Speckled wood(2), Small White(2), Green-veined White(8), Carrickgollogan Wood, SE Dublin, 3/8

Sean Geraty:  Dark green fritillary(1), Silver washed fritillary(7), Gatekeeper(4), Grayling(2),
Clouded yellow(3), Red Admiral(4), Peacock(1), Small tortoiseshell(1), the Raven Nature Reserve, Wexford, 2/8

Bob Aldwell: HB(1), Whitehall, Dublin, 29/7; 
Painted Lady(2), Newtownpark Ave, Blackrock, Dublin, 30/7;
HB(1), St Stephens Green. HB(8), Merrion Sq – southside. HB(2), Ballsbridge - opp US Embassy. HB(3), Opp Blackrock Clinic. HB(2), private garden Newtownpark Ave. PL(2), private garden Newtownpark Ave. South Dublin, 30/7;

Tony Murray & Sarah Stapleton: Peacock(2) Jamestown, Oylegate, Wexford, 27/7; 
Silver-washed Fritillary(1), Jamestown, Oylegate, Wexford, 28/7; 
Holly Blue(1), Red Admiral(1) Jamestown, Oylegate, Wexford, 29/7 

Sean Geraty: Purple Hairstreak(2), Red Admiral(2), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Peacock(1), Large White(2), Small white(4), Green veined white(6), Ringlet(2), Meadow brown(numerous), Holly blue(6), Phoenix Park, Dublin, 28/7


Deirdre Hardiman: Silver-washed Fritillary(8), Red Admiral(1), Brimstone(4), Wood White(6), Green-veined White(4), Ringlet(10+), Speckled Wood(3), Meadow Brown(6), Clooniffe, Galway, 27/7; 
Purple Hairstreak(2), Silver-washed Fritillary(5), Ringlet(6), Speckled Wood(3), Meadow Brown(10), Ballyeighter Wood, Clare, 27/7

Fred Walshe: Essex Skipper(18), Red Admiral(1). Common Blue(4),  Large White(2), GVW(4), Killinick, Co Wexford, 27/7

David Cooke: Ringlet(2), Dursey Island, Co.Cork, 12/7; 
Dark Green Fritillary(2), Red Admiral(1), Painted Lady(1), Meadow Brown(34), Grayling(3), Green-veined White(8) Dursey Island, Co.Cork, 27/7

Tony Murray & Sarah Stapleton: Dark Green Fritillary(c 100), Small Heath(15), Ringlet(numerous), Meadow Brown(numerous), Ballyteige, Wexford, 22/7; 
Silver-washed Fritillary(1), Jamestown, Oylegate, Wexford, 25/07

Deirdre Hardiman: Purple Hairstreak(4), Silver-washed Fritillary(1), Speckled Wood(3), Glen of the Downs, Wicklow, 24/7  

Adrian Phelan: Silver-washed Fritillary(1), Dark Green Fritillary(1), Small Heath(4), Common Blue(1), Gatekeeper(11), Ringlet(9), Meadow Brown(5), Large White(3), Speckled Wood(1), The Raven, Co Wexford [T 112 253], 24/7; 
Essex Skipper(20+). Sinnotstown near Wexford [T 042 182], 24/7; 
Essex Skipper(10+). Rocksborough near Wexford [T 054 194], 24/7

Tom Tarpey: Holly Blues(3), Small White(1), Meadow Brown(1), Glasnevin, Dublin 22/07

Frank Smyth: WB(1), Needles Howth, Dublin, 22/7; CY(1), Clontarf, Dublin, 22/7

Tony Murray: Essex Skippers(4) Ringlet(12), Meadow Brown(2), Common Blue(1), South Slobs, Wexford, 21/07; Essex Skippers(4-6), Sinnotstown, near Wexford Town, 21/07 

Sean Geraty: Silver-washed Fritillary(1), Gatekeeper(7), Clouded Yellow(2), The Raven NNR, Wexford; 19/7;
Meadow Brown(119), Ringlet(18), Red Admiral(3), Small Tortoiseshell(5), Large White(2), Green-veined White(3), Speckled Wood(1), Phoenix Park, Dublin, 21/7

Deirdre Hardiman: Essex Skipper(20+), Meadow Brown(3), Large White(1), Small White(4), Ringlet(numerous), Sinnotstown, Wexford, 20/7;
Essex Skipper(12+), Ringlet(numerous), Meadow Brown(5),
Mayglass, Wexford, 20/7

Freddie Walsh: Clouded Yellow(6 including 1 pair mating), Small Copper(1),Small Tortoishell(2), Red Admiral(1), Speckled Wood(6), Green-veined White(5), Large White(12), Gatekeeper(2), Small Heath(60+), Meadow Brown(40+), Common Blue(6), Silver Washed Fritillary(6), Dark Green Fritillary(1), The Raven NNR, Wexford, 19/7

David Nash: Grayling, The Cliffs, Howth, 17/7; Holly Blue, College Green, 18/7; Holly Blue, Nutley Park, Dublin, 19/7

Bob Aldwell: Holly Blue, Sorrento Park, Dalkey, 18/7; Holly Blue(1), Netownpark Avenue, Dublin, 19/7

Deirdre Hardiman
: Small Tortoiseshell(3), Ringlet(6), Meadow Brown(2), Red Admiral
larva(1) , Howth Head, Dublin, 14/7


Bob Aldwell: Donegal Survey Report for 1st-15th July    »»»

Paddy McCrossan (Inishown Wildlife Club): Dark Green Fritillary(200+), Common Blue(100+), Meadow Brown(60+), Ringlet(30+), Grayling(14), Green-veined White(1), Red Admiral(1), Craigawannia, Isle of Doagh (C45), Donegal, 12/7;
Dark Green Fritillary(30+), Meadow Brown(20+), Small Copper(1), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Lag (C45 in dunes), Donegal, 13/7

Bob Aldwell
: Holly Blue(1), Seapoint Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin, [second brood]; 
Small Tortoiseshell(3), West Pier, Dun Laoghaire; 
Large White(1), Small White(1), Salthill, Dublin, 13/7 

Freddie Walsh: Clouded Yellow(3), The Raven, Wexford, 13/7 

David Nixon: G(1), Dark Green Fritillary(2), Meadow Brown(2), Dursey Island, Cork, 11/7:
Silver-washed Fritillary(1), Glengariff Nature Reserve, Cork, 12/7

Freddie Walsh: Dark Green Fritillary(80+), Meadow Brown(40), Ringlet(35), Small Heath(40),  Common Blue(15),  Large White(2), Green-veined White(6), Ballyteige, Wexford, 11/7

Chris Wilson
Essex Skipper, South Slob, (Frankie Tennant), 9/7; Essex Skipper, nr Wexford town, 11/9; 
Silver-washed Fritillary(4), The Raven NNR, Wexford, 10/7

Tony Murray
: Dark Green Fritillary(10), Small Heath(12+), Common Blue(4), Meadow Brown(4+), Ballyteige, Wexford, 10/7

Freddie Walsh
: Silver-washed Fritllary(5), Dark Green Fritillary(2), Ringlet(50+), Meadow Brown(50+), Common Blue(8), Speckled Wood(30), Small Heath(25), Large White(4), Red Admiral(1), Small White(2), Raven, Wexford, 9/7

Sue Shiels: Grayling(4), Lenan, Donegal, 9/7 

Michael Gray: Red Admiral(1), Rathfarnham, Dublin, 8/7

Bob Aldwell: Red Admiral(1), Vico Road, Dalkey, Dublin, 7/7

Frank Smyth: Red Admiral(3), Howth, Dublin, 8/7

David Nash: Large Heath(5), Clara Bog, Offaly, 4/7

Deirdre Hardiman: Large Heath(2), Ringlet(numerous), Speckled Wood(8), Meadow Brown(2), Dowdstown Bog & woods, Kells, Meath, 4/7

Freddie Walsh: Ringlet(30), Meadow Brown(10), Common Blue(10), Small Heath(30), Silver-washed Fritillary(2), The Raven, Wexford, 28/6

Bob Aldwell: Report for 15th-30th June  »»»

David Nash: Small Tortoiseshell(10+), Meadow Brown(c.30), Ringlet(6), Green-veined White(2), Howth Head, 25/6 & 28/6

Bob Aldwell: Red Admiral(1), Wood White(1), Dalkey Quarry, Dublin, 20/6

Ian Rippey: Summary Report for 9th-15th June
Total of 17 adult butterfly species (Dingy Skipper, Wood White, Reals Wood White, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Large Heath) in Cos Galway, Clare and Kerry. There was also 1 Orange-tip caterpillar. 


Deirdre Hardiman: Large Heath(20+), Small Heath(1), Small Copper(1), Annaholty/Killeen Bog, Tipperary, 14/6;
Large Heath(4), Speckled Wood(3), Liscasey, Bog, Clare, 15/6

Frank Smyth: Meadow Brown(2), Ringlet(3), Common Blue(2), Large White(1), Speckled Wood(2), Parknasilla, Kerry, 15/6

Bob Aldwell: Report for Donegal for 1st to 15th June
The annual Donegal butterfly field weekend was held on 7th-8th in southwest Donegal in conjunction with the DNFC annual field weekend and attracted an attendance of about fifty, of which about half were from Donegal. The weather was sunny and warm with temperatures in the high teens.  Day one was spent at Sheskinmore and St John’s Point was visited on day two. Ten butterfly species were seen at Sheskinmore CB, DS, GH, GVW, MF, SB, SC, SH, SmT, SpW. At St John’s Point CB, GVW, MF, SB, SH SpW were seen. 

David Nash: Large Heath(8), Small Heath(5), Green-veined White(1), Redwood, N Tipperary, 15/6; Large Heath(1), Small Heath(2), Ballyeiragh, N. Tipperary, 15/6

Sean Geraty: Common Blue(1), Ringlet(1), Speckled Wood(6), Phoenix Park, nr. Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, 11/6; Speckled Wood, Oldtown, Phoenix Park, 11/6

Richard McCafferty: Dark Green Fritillary, Murvagh, Donegal, 13/6

Bob Aldwell, Gerry Sharkey, Colm Ronayne: Dark Green Fritillary, Sheskinmore, Donegal, 12/6

Deirdre Hardiman: Wood White(3), Small Heath(10+), Marsh Fritillary(8+), Common Blue(8+), Dingy Skipper(1), Speckled Wood(4), Lullymore, Kildare, 9/6

Con Breen & David Nash: Meadow Brown, Ballintra, Donegal, 9/6;
Meadow Brown, Bun Lough nr Butlers Bridge, Cavan, 9/6

Deirdre Hardiman: Dingy Skipper(1), Pearl-bordered Fritillary(4), Peacock(1), Wall Brown(1), Wood White(10), Speckled Wood(10), Green Rd. Cloncoose, Clare; Small Blue(1), [R296939], Cloncoose, Clare. 7/6

Fred Walsh:
Common Blue(100+) Small Heath(100+) Small Copper (10), Wall Brown(3), Ballyteigue Burrows, Wexford, 1/6;
Marsh Fritillary(4), Common Blue(1), Dingy Skipper(3), Burren nr Rinmona Lough, Clare, 3/6;
Pearl-bordered Fritillary(1), Marsh Fritillary(1 in lane), Green-veined White(3), Wall Brown(4), Speckled Wood(8), Wood White(2), Green Road, Cloncoose, Clare, 3/6;
Dingy Skipper(30), Small Heath(3), Small Copper(2), Wall Brown(6), Burren Fahee North, Clare, 4/6;
Small Heath(100+), Common Blue(100+), Red Admiral(1), Speckled Wood(20), The Raven, Wexford, 6/6;
Common Blue(100+), Small Heath (100+), Wall Brown(1), Small Copper(6), Ballyteigue Burrows, Wexford, 7/6

Geoff Hunt
: Large Heath(7), Green Hairstreak(60), Large White(4), Common Blue(20), Shronowen Bog, nr Listowel, Kerry, 2/6 
[Many GHs feeding on Bird's-foot-trefoil and harassing the CBs]

Cóilín MacLochlainn: Common Blue(x100), Wood White(2), Small White(2), Wall Brown(2), Large White(1), Fassaroe, Bray, Wicklow, 2/6

Frank Smyth: Large Heath(20+), Rowan Tree Hill, Donegal, 2/6

Kevin Hannan: Marsh Fritillary(15), Pearl-bordered Fritillary(2), Small Heath(12), Brimstone(1), Speckled Wood(2), Wood White(4), Small White(1), Clooncoose, Kilnaboy, Clare, 1/6


Cóilín MacLochlainn: Dingy Skipper, Wood White(5), Wall Brown(2), Small Heath(1), Common Blue, Orange Tip(1f), Green-veined White, nr Blessington, Wicklow, 1/6

Deirdre Hardiman: Dingy Skipper(5), Small Copper(4), Common Blue(>20), Orange Tip (>15), Green-veined White(6), Small White(1), Peacock(1), Speckled Wood(6), Russellstown disused Sandpit, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, 1/6

Gaby Real: Green Hairstreak, Dawros Head, Rosbeg, Donegal, 26/5; Marsh Fritillary, Small Blue, Sheskinmore, Donegal, 1/6

Frank Smyth: Large Heath(1), Rossnowlagh, Donegal, 31/5

Don Hodgers: Green Hairstreak(2), Moneycrookroe, Louth, 31/5

Bob Aldwell: Donegal Summary Report for 16-31 May
The fine weather in early May continued into the second half of the month with dry conditions especially in the western part of Donegal where temperatures reached 20 degrees on many days, leading to the warmest month of May on record. It was also much drier than usual. Temperatures for the month in west Donegal were some 3 degrees above the thirty-year average. Conditions in the east of the county were more cloudy and cooler as a result of the cold NE wind. The highlights of the period included a new 10km sq for DS on G89, three new 10km sqs for GH on B93, C02 and C23, a new sq for LH on G86 and three new 10km  sqs for MF on C02, G67 and G89.
Full Report

Fred Walsh: Holly Blue(2) Common Blue(1), Bunclody Slate Quarries, Wexford, 24/5;
Orange Tip(12), Common Blue(1), Peacock(1), Large White(2), Wood White(4) Speckled Wood(10), Holly Blue(2), Green-veined White(10), Camolin Woods, Wexford, 24/5;
Common Blue(x100), Small Heaths(50), Small Blue(50), Clouded Yellow(1 faded), Speckled Wood(20), Peacock(1), Holly Blue(3), The Raven, Wexford, 31/5

Dermot Breen: Marsh Fritillary, Duck Pond, nr Glenveagh Castle, Donegal, 30/5

Geoff Hunt: Green Hairstreak(10), nr Lisselton, Kerry [Q94], 25/5;
Wall Brown, Wood White, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, nr Ballybunion; Small Blue, Small Heath, nr Ballybunion, Golfcourse, Kerry, 25/5;
Green Hairstreak(6), Toohana Bog, nr Ballyduff, Kerry, 25/5

Clifford Sharpe & Joe Devlin: Small Blue(14), Common Blue(16), Wood White(10+), Small White, Large White(3), Speckled Wood(2), The Ballast Pit, Swords, Dublin, 24/5

Frank Smyth: Small Blue(7), Burrow Stand, Sutton, Dublin, 23/5

Frank Smyth: Holly Blue(1), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Speckled Wood(1), The Neale, Mayo, 16/5;
Brimstone(4m+1m), Saint Island, Lough Mask, Mayo, 17/5;

Marsh Fritillary(15), Bunduff Lake, Sligo, 18/5;
Marsh Fritillary(11), Small Heath(36), Small Blue(21), Green Hairstreak(4), Wall Brown(3), Large White(2), Small White(2), Speckled Wood(2), Orange Tip(5), Green-veined White(6), St John's Point Donegal, 18/5

Geoff Hunt: Wall Brown(6), Green-veined White(100+), Knockanore, nr Ballybunnion, Kerry, 18/5

Don Hodger's Records  17 May  »»» 

Ken Bond: Red Admiral(1), Large White(1), Ballygarrane nre Killavullen, N Cork, 15/5:
Leptidea reali(24), Green Hairstreak(2), Large White(2), Graig Upper & Ballyguyroe Nrth, Ballyhoura Mtsn, N. Cork, 15/5 [GH one on gorse, one on L. corniculatus flowers; new to this area]


Bob Aldwell: Donegal Report to 15 May  »»»

Wexford Records from Chris Wilson »»»

Con O'Donnell: Holly Blue(1), Glentornan(B81), nr Errigal, Donegal, 14/5 [new 10 k records]

Sue & John Shiels: Green Hairstreak, Aught(C42), SE Inishowen, Donegal, 14/5 [new 10 km record]

Deirdre Hardiman: Green Hairstreak(7), Orange Tip(10+), Green-veined White(20+), Small White(6), Tyrrellspass Bog, Co. Westmeath, 11/5;
Orange Tiip(10+), Green-veined White(10), Speckled Wood(3), Bog Meadow, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, 13/5;
Green Hairstreak(8), Orange Tip(3), off Military Rd, Co. Wicklow, 13/5;
Small Blue(15+), Common Blue(20+), Holly Blue(2), Small White(4), Wood White(1), Large White(1), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Speckled Wood(10+), Ballast Pit, Skerries, Co.Dublin, 14/5

Sean Geraty: Small Blue(1), Wood White(1), Common Blue(10), Raven NNR, Wexford, 13/5 

Ken Bond: Painted Lady(1), Holly Blue(3), Tomies Wood, Killarney NP, Kerry, 11/5; 
Green Hairstreak(1), Gerah Bridge, Moll's Gap-Kenmare, Kery, 11/5;
Holly Blue(4), Large White(1), Derreen House, Lauragh, Kerry, 12/5,
Holly Blue(2), Reen, nr Adrigole, W Cork, 12/5;
Green Hairstreak(1), Uragh Wood, Kerry, 13/5;
Red Admiral(1), Glebe, NE of Gearagh, W. Cork, 13/5

Dermot Breen: Dingy Skipper, Small Blue, Sheskinmore, Donegal, 12/5

Tom Tarpey: Holly Blue(1), Common Blue(4), Speckled Wood(7), Green-veined White(12), Orange Tip(3), Large White(1), Castletroy Limerick, 11/5;
Clouded Yellow(1), Common Blue(3), Peacock(3), Speckled Wood(2), Green-veined White(6), Gooig Bog, Castleconell, Limerick, 11/5

Faith & Christian Wilson: Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus(1), discovered in domestic compost bin. It would appear to have travelled from Kenya (by air freight) with mange-tout. Glenealy, Wicklow, 11/5.
[Photographs by Guy Padfield
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David Nash: Green Hairstreak, [in 10 km squares: O 00, O 10, O 11, T 09 & N 90], Co Wicklow, 11/5

Fred Walsh: Clouded Yellow(4 + mating pair), Small Copper(3), Peacock(3), Green-veined White(12), Speckled Wood(5), Holly Blue(10), Common Blue(x100), The Raven NNR, Wexford, 11/5 [also Cinnabar Moth(3), Emperor Moth(1)]

Kevin Hannan: Wood White(11 - Leptidea sinapis), Small White(2), Orange Tip(1), Speckled Wood(10), Peacock(3), Common Blue(2), Clooncoose, Kilnaboy, Clare, 11/5

Bob Aldwell: Small Blue(1), St John’s Point, Donegal, 10/5/08

Geoff Hunt: Holly Blue(1), Orange Tip, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Castle Houston, nr Askeaton, Limerick, 10/5

Tony Miller: Painted Lady(1), south side of the Sheeps Head peninsula, W Cork, 10/5

David Nash: Wood White(1), Cloughjordan, Tipperary, 7/5; Brimstones scatterd through Offaly & Tipperary, 7/5


Frank Smyth: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Speckled Wood(18), Holly Blue(15), Green-veined White(15), Orange Tip(1), Peacock(5), Clouded Yellow(1), Common Blue(40+), Red Admiral(1), Wood White(2), Raven NNR, Wexford, 7/5

Brian Danaher: Orange Tip(2), Cahore, Wexford, 5/5; Common Blue(2), Speckled Wood(1), Deansgrange, Dublin, 7/5

Ethna Diver: Holly Blue, Carrablagh Gardens, N of Port Salon(C24),Donegal [new 10 k records], 6/5

Bob Aldwell: Holly Blue(16), Orange Tip(2), Speckled Wood(1), Rock Park, Blacrock, 6/5;
Holly Blue: Blackrock Church(3); Tobernea Monkstown (4); Temple Crescent(3), Haddington Road(1), Dublin, 6/5

Anneke Vrieling: Orange Tip(16m), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Green-veined White(1), Peacock(2), Speckled Wood(2), Abbeyfeale, Limerick, 28/4-6/5

Ethna Diver: Holly Blue(1), Letterkenny golf club, 5/5; Holly Blue(4), Peacock(6), Speckled Wood(6), Green veined White(1), Orange Tip(2), Duntally Wood, Creeslough, 5/5; [also HB by Neil Doherty from latter location]

Deirdre Hardiman: Small Copper(4), Orange Tip(20+), Peacock(2), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Green-veined White(12+), Russellstown disused Sandpit, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, 4/5

Geoff Hunt: Orange Tip(3), Green-veined White(2), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Carrigkerry, Limerick, 26/4;
Holly Blue(2), Orange Tip(6), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Green-veiend White(3), Small White(2), Peacock(1), Kilcolman, Bog, Cork, 3/5 [with Mike Hirst];
Small White, Green-veiened White, Orange Tip, Shronowen Bog, nr Listowel, Kerry, 4/5
Orange Tip, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Kerry Head, 4/5

Brian Hodkinson: Large White(1), Speckled Wood(2), Reboge, Limerick, 5/5

Ralph & Liz Sheppard: Green Hairstreak(6), Kilrean, nr Glenties, Donegal, 5/5. Peacock widespread. Holly Blue(2), Glenlough, 1/5; Holly Blue(1), Ardnamona, Donegal, 2/5

Fred Walsh: Small Copper(3), Wall Brown(1), Green-veined White(12), Ballyteigue, Wexford, 4/5

Tom Tarpey: Holly Blue(1m), Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Castletroy, 4/5 [First HB record for this square]; square (R65). 

Fred Walsh: Clouded Yellow(4), Common Blue(30m + 4f), Painted Lady(1), Small Tortoishell(1), Peacock(5), Speckled Wood(10), Small Copper(4), Green-veined White(3m + 1f), Orange Tip(8m + 2f), Holly Blue(5), Small White(1), The Raven NNR, Wexford, 4/5

DNFC: Wall Brown(10+), Small Tortoiseshell(3+), Peacock(2), Orange Tip(2+), Green-veined White(4+), Speckled Wood(3), Holly Blue(1), Corballis-Donabate, Dublin, 4/5

Brian Danaher: Orange Tip(1), Deansgrange. 1/5; Holly Blue(1), Shankill, Dublin, 4/5

Frank Smyth: Small Copper(1), Inver; Green Hairstreak(1), Keadue Lower; Holly Blue(14), Ardnamona; Holly Blue(3), Knader Wood, Dongeal, 30/4;
Marsh Fritillary larvae(4), [new site], St. John's Point, Donegal, 2/5; Marsh Fritillary larvae(10), [new 10k square G87], Eaney Water, nr Inver, Donegal, 2/5

Craig Ayres: Holly Blue(1), Inver, Lettermore, Donegal, 26/4

Niam Lennon: Brimstone(2), Clonmacnoise, Offaly, 27/4


Enda Flynn: Holly Blue(2), Riverstown, Louth, 27/4

Adrian Phelan: Large White(1), Speckled Wood(1), Holly Blue(3), Gormanstown, Dublin, 23/4

Michael Quirke: Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Orange tip, Holly Blue, Peacock, Murroe, Limerick, 26/4

Richard McCafferty: Small Tortoiseshell(6), Peacock(2), Green-veined White(3), Orange Tip(3), Speckled Wood(1), Glenties, Donegal, 23/4 (c.18 degrees)

Frank Smyth & Bob Aldwell: Clouded Yellow(1), Green-veined White(4), Holly Blue(4), Orange Tip(1), Peacock(12+), Small Tortoiseshell(3), Speckled Wood(4), Raven NNR, Wexford, 23/4 [14-16 degrees]

Frank Smyth: Wall Brown(2), Holly Blue(7), Speckled Wood(23), Small Tortoiseshell(4), Peacock(3), Small White(1), The Needles to Baily, 21/4; Small Tortoiseshell(12), Peacock(6), Red Rock, Howth, Dublin 21/4

Joan Smyth: Large White(1), Sutton, Dublin, 21/4

Donegal (via Bob Aldwell): Peacock(1), Greencastle, (Con O'Donnell), 14/4:
Peacock(3), Gweebara Bridge, Lettermacaward (R McCafferty), 14/4;
Small Tortoiseshell(3), Tory Island (Sandy Alcorn), 16/4

Wexford Records (Chris Wilson & AMW): Comma(1), The Raven, 31/3; Small White(1), Holly Blue(1), North Slob Polder, 3/4;
Peacock(1), Holly Blue(1), Oilgate (W. Warham), 3/4; Green-veined White(1), The Raven, 10/4; Orange Tip(2), Peacock(1), Fardistown (J. Goodwin), 12/4; Peacock(3), Holly Blue(1), The Raven, 16/4

Brian Hodkinson: Peacock(1), Reboge, Limerick City, 15/4

Ken Bond: Speckled Wood(1), Orange Tip(1 m), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Sunday's Well, Cork City, 15/4 Monkstown, Dublin, 9/4

Frank Smyth: Holly Blue(1), Small White(1), Small Tortoiseshell(9), The Needles, Howth, 7/4
Speckled Wood(12), Peacock(1), Red Admiral(1) [vigorous flight - ?freshly arrived migrant with Swallow, Sand Martin and Chiffchaff?], Peacock(4), the Needles area, Howth, 4/4; 
Small Tortoiseshell(c.20), Ceannchor Area of Howth, Dublin, 3/4

David Cooke: Small White, Kilbrittain, Cork, 7/4; Small Tortoiseshell, Dursey Island, 4/4 & 6/4

Waterford Wildlife: Orange Tip(4), Small Tortoiseshell(2), Knockderry, Waterford, 4/4

Bob Aldwell: Holly Blue(1), Sorrento Park, Dalkey, 4/4; Speckled Wood(1), Blackrock, Dublin, 4/4

Ralph Sheppard: Brimstone(1), Derrymore, Mayo, 3/4

Bob Aldwell: Holly Blue(1), Alma Road, Monkstown; Holly Blue(2), Brighton Vale, Monkstown, Dublin, 3/4  [Temperature c. 17 degrees, 14.30-14.45 h].

Helen Cloney: Red Admiral(1), Caim, Wexford, 3/4

Ken Bond: Brimstone(1 m), Bealkelly Wood, nr Tuamgraney & also Boleynagoagh South, nr Mountshannon, Clare, 2/4; 
Peacock(1), Blackrock Point, L. Derg (nr Whitegate), Clare, 2/4;
Holly Blue(1), UCC at Distillery Fields, Cork City, 2/4 [Mark Wilson]


Frank Smyth & Bob Aldwell: Small Tortoiseshell(2), Green-veined White(1), Red Admiral(1), Raven, Wexford, 2/4 [15 degrees, V. cloudy]

Brian Hodkinson: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Reboge/Corbally, Limerick, 1/4

Maurice Simms: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Lifford, Donegal, 31/3 

Irish Park: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Blackrock, Dublin, 31/3

Richard McCafferty:  Small Tortoiseshell(1), Glenties, Donegal, 29/3 

Kevin Hannan: Brimstone(1), Limerick City, 29/3

Tom Kelly: Holly Blue(1), Lough Hyne, West Cork, 23/3

Fred Walsh: Peacock(2), Red Admiral(1), Comma(1), Clouded Yellow(1), Raven, Wexford, 27/3

Frank Smyth: Speckled Wood(2), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Baily, 25/3
Small Tortoiseshell(4), Speckled Wood(2), Peacock(1), Ceannchor Road,  26/3; Small Tortoiseshell(2), Red Rock, 26/3
Small Tortoiseshell(8), Red Rock, 27/3; Small Tortoiseshell(2), Peacock(2), Speckled Wood(1), Ceannchor Road, Howth, 27/3

John Lovatt: Marsh Fritillary(28 larval nests), Mount Allen, Roscommon, 26/3

Fred Walsh: Comma(2), Peacock(1), Small Tortoishell(1), the Raven, Wexford, 26/3/08

Frank Smyth: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Speckled Wood(1), Lion's Head, Howth, Dublin 18/3

Angus Tyner: Small Tortoiseshell(1), 17/3; Small Tortoiseshell(1), Speckled Wood(1), Cronykeery, Ashford, Wicklow, 18/3 

[First records of Speckled Wood in 2007 were from Wexford on 3/2 & Cork City, 28/3]

Frank Smyth
Small Tortoiseshell(2), Ceannchor Road, Howth; Peacock(1), Red Rock, Howth, 17/3

Frank Smyth
: Marsh Fritillary (c. 150 larvae, 10 mm length, in 4 groups, probably from 1 web), Kildoney Point, Donegal, 1/3

Brian Hodkinson: Peacock(1), Reboge, Limerick City, 2/3

Rodney Daunt: Red Admiral(1), Fountainstown, Cork, 2/3

Frank Smyth: Small Tortoiseshell(1), The Needles, Howth, Dublin, 28/2; Small Tortoiseshell(1), Shelmartin, Howth, 27/2;
Red Admiral(1), Small Tortoiseshell(1), Red Rock, 7/2

Paddy Tubbritt: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Boatsrand, Waterford City, 12/2

John Northridge: Peacock(1), Clooney, nr Portnoo, Donegal, 12/2

Bob Aldwell: Small Tortoiseshell(2), Blackrock, Dublin, 13/2 [Feeding on Alexanders and Winter Heliotrope]

George McDermott: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Westbrook House, Buncrana, Donegal, 11/2

Con O'Donnell: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Gleneely, Inishowen, Donegal, 11/2

Mike Quirke: Red Admiral(2), Rear Cross, Tipperary, 11/2 [One with torn wing]

Ken Bond: Red Admiral(2), Peacock(1), Sunday's Well, Cork, 11/2

Joe Duane: Small Tortoiseshell, Ballinasloe, Galway, 11/2 [On flowers in hanging basket]

Andrew Upton:  Small Tortoiseshell(1), Carlingford village, Louth, 9/2

Frank Smyth
: Red Admiral(3), Red Rock Wood, Sutton, Dublin, 6/2 [Basking/energetically flying]

Joe Kelly: Red Admiral(1), Blackrock, Dublin, 27/1 & 30/1 [Temp. 15 and 5.8 degrees respectively]

Bob Aldwell: Red Admiral(1),Sorrento Park, Dalkey, Dublin, 28/1 [temperature 13 C]

Ken Bond: Small Tortoiseshell(1) and Red Admiral(1), Knocknaskagh, Nagles Mts, North Cork, 27/1
[Both were flying in bright sunshine and light winds; the temperature was about 10 C at 200 m, but the Red Admiral was flying actively at about 350m!]

Frank & Joan Smyth: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Sutton; Red Admiral(1 larva), Howth, Dublin, 24/1

Megan Mc Mahon: Small Tortoiseshell(1), Swords, Dublin, 12/01

Ciaran Cronin: Red Admiral(1), Patrick Street, CorkCity, 9/01 

End of Butterfly Records 2008

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