Given that this year’ s Spring seems to have fallen on Monday 27th March, a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly took to the air in a Waterford City suburb.
The Cinnabar Moth is a member of a family of the most colourful insects to be found in Waterford and Ireland. One was recently seen in the Kilbarry Bog in Watrford City.
The Silver Y is a very common immigrent from mainland Europe and North Africa. They start arriving in May and further influxes take place through the summer months.There is a return migration mainly in September each year.
Now moving south between the showers, fair numbers of Painted Ladies on their way to their winter quarters in Africa.
Look twice at any Ladybirds in your garden. They are probably the common 7 Spot Ladybirds but then, count the spots! They might be the uncommon 10 Spot Ladybirds like this one recently seen at the Kilbarry Bog in Waterford City.