© P Lenihan  (unless otherwise stated)

  Zootoca vivipara    Zootoca vivipara

Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara  © Tom Miniter 


               Fly agaric                                  Oyster catcher & Herring gull             Euonymus europaeus


     Deroceras species                                     Cepaea hortensis                            Broom moth


        Field Club meeting            Asplenium adiantum nigrum  Allium ursinum


                     Aira praecox       Taraxacum  Section Celtica                      Rosa agrestis                            


Pinus nigra ssp maritima             Lichens on Hypnum                          Xanthoria parientina         


Chortippus brunneus (Field Grasshopper) Dolycoris baccarum (Hairy Shieldbug)


                    Old Red Sandstone                          Robert Lloyd Patterson                       Geranium sanguineum         





DNFC's Position on Marsh Fritillary Records Information

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The Dublin Naturalistsí Field Club Policy on Data Handling and Dissemination

You can view a copy of our policy here  




Declan Doogue and Sylvia Reynolds, past Presidents of the Field Club and Vice County Recorders for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, were appointed Honorary Research Fellows of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin


Peter Wyse Jackson, Sylvia Reynolds, Declan Doogue, Matthew Jebb 

Photograph from left to right: Peter Wyse Jackson, Sylvia Reynolds, Declan Doogue, Matthew Jebb 



The Harlequin Ladybird

News Update from The Harlequin Ladybird Survey website (UK) 

Why are there very large numbers of ladybirds this autumn? 

They are likely to be harlequin ladybirds, an alien species that is spreading fast in the UK. Harlequins are active later in the year than most other ladybird species. In autumn they gather in large groups at overwintering sites, which are often in or on buildings. They leave chemical traces that attract others of the same species to that spot. They do not normally breed indoors and should leave buildings in the spring. more at =>> 

The Harlequin has been reported from Co Down and breeding populations reports from Cos Carlow and Cork.


three common colour variants of the Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

You can view information by Roy Andersonon identification          

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the most invasive ladybird on Earth.

A new ladybird arrived in Britain in the summer of 2004 called the Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

It is also known as the Multicoloured Asian Ladybird and the Halloween Ladybird. 

It has already invaded much of northwestern Europe

It was introduced to North America in 1988, and is now the most widespread ladybird species on that continent.

The harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) has a very variable appearance!

Colour plate from The Harlequin Ladybird survey web site:

The most common forms in the UK are  
orange with 15-21 black spots and black with two or four orange or red spots

Photo from The Harlequin Ladybird survey web site:

The Harlequin ladybirds are most commonly found on deciduous trees, such as lime, sycamore and maple, and on low growing plants such as nettles. They will also inhabit reedbeds, coniferous woodland and crop systems.

Harlequin ladybirds feed most commonly on aphids, but also feed on scale insects, adelgids, eggs and larvae of butterflies and moths, many other small insects, including other ladybirds, pollen, nectar, and sugary fluids, including honeydew and the juice from ripe fruits.

* For further information on Recognition and Distinction etc. please visit 
The Harlequin Ladybird survey web site (UK)


Visit the Dublin Naturalists Field Club Butterfly website at