A yellow butterfly on a yellow flower

Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Over the last couple of months the Clouded Yellow butterfly put on a good display around parts of the Hook Peninsula, especially Booley Bay. A visitor from Northern Africa, it visits mainly the South and East of Ireland. Its beautiful deep yellow colour is best seen when in flight, as it always rests with folded…

An orange butterfly with brown and white spots against a background of grey gravel.

Painted Lady

A migrant from North Africa the Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui) is a regular visitor to these shores. They can be found mainly from June to September along the south and east coasts. The Painted Lady is one of the most widespread butterflies in the world and can be found on every continent except South…

An orange butterfly with brown spots on a blackberry flower.

Silver-washed Fritillary

The Silver-washed Fritillary is our largest resident butterfly and is especially found in the south of Ireland. It gets its name from the silvery splashes on its under wings. A powerful flier, it prefers thin, broad leaved woodland where it can be seen gliding back and forth along sunny pathways feeding on the nectar of…

A grasshopper sitting on a rock with a plant in the background

Common Field Grasshopper

A common sight is the Common Field Grasshopper like the one pictured here in Saltmills. Their colour can vary from green through brown, to almost black. More often heard than seen, they chirp away in the vegetation or on rocks and bare ground. They call in short repetitive fizzes or in longer spells sounding like…

A moth with red spotted wings with yellow daisy like flowers inthe background

Six-spot Burnet Moth

Six-spot Burnet’s have been seen in the area and are very common throughout Europe. These day flying moths are strikingly coloured metallic black with crimson spots, just to remind you that they contain cyanide!! They can be found especially on hot, sunny days from June to August. This individual is feeding off nectar from Ragwort…