Butterflies

We are always looking to improve our collection of pictures of butterflies. If you have taken a picture of one on Lismore, why not email it to us. Please let us know where and when you took it and (if you know it) what it is.

Common name Scientific name Gaelic name Picture Comments
Large white Pieris brassicae Uncommon. Pesticides have reduced numbers.
Small white Pieris rapae Small white Uncommon. Pesticides have reduced numbers.
Orange tip Anthocharis cardimines Orange tip Quite common. Only male has orange on wing-tip
Clouded yellow Colias crocea Clouded yellow Rare. Migrates from Africa. A few seen in 2000.
Small copper Lycaena phlaeas Small copper Rare. One sighting only in 1993. Common elsewhere.
Small heath Coenonympha pamphilus Small heath Quite common.
Common blue Polyommatus icarus Common blue Very common. Only blue butterfly on the island.
Grayling Hipparchia semele Grayling Common in coastal areas.
Speckled wood Pararge aegeria Speckled wood Found only in woodland. Quite common.
Painted lady Cynthia cardui Painted lady Migrates from north Africa. Not common.
Red admiral Vanessa atalanta Red admiral Usually seen in good numbers.
Peacock Inachis io Peacock Becoming more common.
Green-veined white Pieris napi Green-veined white Very common
Marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia Marsh fritillary Fluctuates in numbers. Usually quite common.
Meadow brown Maniola jurtina Meadow brown Common.
Scotch argus Erebia aethiops Scotch argus Rare. A few seen in 1995 and 1996. Seen again in 2012.
Small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae Small tortoieshell Common.

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