Ireland has 32 resident and 3 common migrant butterfly species and while this is quite a manageable number to learn, some colour-groups of butterflies are more challenging than others. To help, a free downloadable ‘crash course’ in butterfly identification is available from below (click on the image) or a handy pocket-sized identification guide can be purchased directly from the Data Centre here.

Crash course BF ID Crash course in butterfly identification (6.9 Mb)

 

Whites & Yellows

Brimstone
Brimstone

Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Green-veined White
Green-veined White

Large White
Large White

Orange-tip
Orange-tip

Small White
Small White

Wood White
Wood White

 

Blues

Common Blue
Common Blue

Holly Blue
Holly Blue

Small Blue
Small Blue

 

Vanessids & Fritillaries

Red Admiral
Red Admiral

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

Peacock
Peacock

Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell

Comma
Comma

Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary
Marsh Fritillary

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary
Silver-washed Fritillary

 

Hairstreaks & Coppers

Brown Hairstreak
Brown Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak
Purple Hairstreak

Small Copper
Small Copper

 

Browns

Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper

Grayling
Grayling

Large Heath
Large Heath

Meadow Brown
Meadow Brown

Ringlet
Ringlet

Small Heath
Small Heath

Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood

Wall Brown
Wall Brown

 

Skippers

Dingy Skipper
Dingy Skipper

Essex Skipper
Essex Skipper

Small Skipper
Small Skipper