OILEAIN ARANN - ORCHISTE NADUIR
THE ARAN ISLANDS - TREASURY OF NATURE
The Institute of Biology has produced a 20-minute CD on the flora, fauna, geology and climate of the Aran Islands.
It is based on Nature Guide to the Aran Islands by Con O'Rourke
It is available from Con O'Rourke (€7.50 Gaeilge or €10.00 Bilingual)
Email: corourke7 at eircom dot net
IRELAND'S BUTTERFLIES A REVIEW
New Publication 2012 - Go to Books Published page
DNFC's Position on Marsh Fritillary Records Information
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Tue 11th January 2011
Lecture: 1 pm-1.45 pm
The Formation of The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club, it's Founders and Times
Dr. Declan Doogue
delivers this special lunchtime lecture to celebrate the occasion of
THE 125th anniversary of The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club
1886 - 2011
No booking required- event organised by the DNFC.
Please note this lecture takes place in the Ceramics Room, National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology, Kildare St.
Regretfully this room is not wheelchair accessible.
The Wild Flowers of Ireland
Declan Doogue and Carsten Krieger
312 pages, colour photographs throughout.
ISBN-13: 9780717146611 €29.99
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
Photograph from left to right: Peter Wyse Jackson, Sylvia Reynolds, Declan Doogue, Matthew Jebb
Bio daversity code
This fun educational video from Harvard Medical School's Centre for Health and Global Environment & Free Range Graphics launched a discussion about biodiversity.
It teaches about the importance of biodiversity and that humans are part of the web of life.
You may recognize the plot from the DaVinci Code.
BUTTERFLY RECORDING FOR 2014
Records for all sightings in 2014 (and previous seasons) will be most welcome. Please if psossible give a grid reference for each record, obtainable from a Discovery Series Map for your local area, (or using a GPS or from www.gridreference.ie ) and if not then details of the location of your site.
Records may be submitted online at www.butterflyireland.com/butterfly_records_2013.htm
Dublin Naturalists' Field Club
35 Nutley Park
E-Mail: The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club
Butterfly Record Sheet and recording instructions: RecordSheet
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Monarchs in the news 2014
Fall migration south begins approximately mid-August for northern Monarchs. After crossing half the continent of North America, the monarchs reach their overwintering sanctuaries, located at approximately 19.60N, 99.60W, in Central Mexico around November each year.
It's an area only 70 miles wide and within it only 12 mountaintops have the habitat the butterflies need to survive. The Monarchs roost for the winter in oyamel fir [Sacred Fir (Abies religiosa)] forests which are at an elevation of 2400 to 3600 meters and where temperatures range from 0o to 15o C. The humidity in the forest prevents the monarchs from drying out allowing them to conserve their energy. This provides an ideal microclimate for the butterflies.
Spring migration north begins in March (untill approx. mid-June), from the monarch sanctuaries of Central Mexico. After living off their fat reserves all winter, tens of millions of Monarchs will head northward producing the next generations of Monarch butterflys.
Hot and Cold
around 10th May and temperatures ~29C on 20th!
Cold temperatures moved across North America last week (9th May) and kept the Monarchs from advancing northward. It even snowed in some parts of Canada, where monarchs had arrived the week before.
At the same time a massive migration of Red Admiral butterflies was underway.
May 28, 2014
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The Harlequin Ladybird
News Update from The Harlequin Ladybird Survey website (UK), 31/10/2007
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.
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of its threat to wildlife Damian McFerran of CEDaR and Roy Anderson of DARDNI in
Belfast are keen to see what members of the DNFC can find out about Harlequin
ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) in Ireland.
It's worth viewing the UK annual spread maps at =>>
three common colour variants of the Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)
You can download a ladybird identification sheet (pdf file) from the Harlequin Ladybird survey web site (UK) at =>>
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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.
harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) has a very variable appearance!
most common forms in the UK are
orange with 15-21 black spots and black with two or four orange or red spots
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.*
information on Recognition and Distinction etc. please visit
The Harlequin Ladybird survey web site (UK) =>>
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Visit the Dublin Naturalists Field Club Butterfly website at
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