Irish Insects

There are an estimated 12,000 species of insect in Ireland, possibly many more. Species new to Ireland are recorded every year, some are new arrivals, others may have been overlooked before. The Museum entomologist Dr James O’Connor has produced a popular guide to the common insects that make up the majority of enquiries to the Museum.

Online Resources

The Amateur Entomologists’ SocietyLinks to external website

Invertebrate Ireland OnlineLinks to external website

Irish Butterflies and MothsLinks to external website

Irish DragonfliesLinks to external website

Irish BeesLinks to external website

Irish Ground BeetlesLinks to external website

Irish LadybirdsLinks to external website


Irish indoor insects, a popular guide

James O’Connor and Patrick Ashe, 2000, TownHouse, Dublin

Collins Complete British Insects

Michael Chinery, 2005, Harper Collins, London

Insects of Britain and Western Europe

Michael Chinery, 2007, A & C Black, London

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