Waterford Wildlife

Since 1999

The Wildlife of Waterford City & County

Winter Butterflies


The radiators are on and the sun is shining. The house is warm. Butterflies and some moths that are hibernating in your house for the winter are fooled into thinking that the Spring has sprung and start flying in your house. Take them gently and put them in a dark place. They will fly again when the real Spring arrives.

Emperor Dragonfly


Recently seen at the Lisselan salt marsh of Tramore BacK Strand, the large Emperor Dragonfly.

Late Red Admiral


A late Red Admiral flying between the showers on its way back to Africa, seen in Waterford City today.

Early Thorn


Recently seen inside a house, a second or summer-brood Early Thorn.

Painted Lady


Now on the move back to Africa – the Painted Lady

Common Darter


The Common Darter recently seen near Tramore.

Beautiful Demoiselle


Recently seen in the Commeragh Mountains, a male  Beautiful Demoiselle.

Cinnibar Moth


N0w flying in good numbers, many by day, the very coloutrful Cinnibar Moth.

Red Lily Beetle


Well awakened from the winter hibernation in the soil, the Red Lily Beetle is now alive and devestating the leaves and shoots of spring lilys and related plants.

Holly Blue butterfly


Now flying on a rare good Spring day, the Holly Blue butterfly.