Butterflies

According to the National Biodiversity Data Centre the peacock butterfly is the most recorded butterfly of 2020 so far

I confess, it’s the only butterfly species that I’ve seen this year so far (although to be fair, given the current COVID lockdown, I’ve rarely left my garden!). But the wonderful people at Wicklow Mountains National Park have made a guide to Ireland’s Early Spring Butterflies so now you can see if you can spot them all. There are five to spot: the peacock, the small tortoiseshell, the red admiral, the comma, and the brimstone.

This is just a screen grab! You can download the pdf with the links at the bottom of the page.

If you want to know what these look like as caterpillars, all of them except the brimstone are found in Butterfly Conservation‘s caterpillar guide which you can download here.

There’ll be more butterflies hatching out as spring turns to summer, so if you want to know what you might spot in the months to come, you can check out the butterfly identification sheet that the National Biodiversity Data Centre have produced.

This is just a screen grab! You can download the pdf with the links at the bottom of the page.

Tweet us your best butterfly photos to @NatureAtHomeIE

Download pdfs of:
Ireland’s Early Spring Butterflies
Caterpillars: a brief guide
Butterflies of Ireland

Published by Louise Allcock

Professor of Zoology at NUI Galway

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