North Wales Sightings

We are trying to gather a record of butterfly and moth sightings in North Wales. We are particularly interested in any early or late sightings.

To get your sightings recorded here please email them, including all the information in the table headings below, to our webmaster at 

Please note that the number in brackets next to the species name relates to the number of individual butterflies seen.

Date Butterfly Species Where? Nearest Town Grid ref Seen by Additional info

Small Heath (3)                            Common Blue (1)

Mynydd Marian Nature Reserve Conwy SH888773 Paul Busby Cool and cloudy
21/5/2014 Wall Brown (1) Bryn Crug   SH618038  Richard Jeffery & Win Walsh Full sunshine
21/5/2014 Wall Brown (3)                         Painted Lady (3)                       Speckled Wood (2)
Green veined white (2)              

On castle ruins Castell y Bere                    

  SH665086   Richard Jeffery & Win Walsh  Full sunshine

Wall Brown (1)                         Speckled Yellow Mothes (3)

Public footpath above St John's Church

Barmouth SH614162 Richard Jeffery & Win Walsh Full sunshine

Wall Brown 5

Talacre Sand Dunes, Prestatyn

Prestatyn SJ124849  Paul Busby very cloudy and breezy

Orange Tip (male)
Speckled Wood
Large caterpillar on bog board walk (any ideas?)

Cors Goch, Benllech, Anglesey  

  SH5081 Paul Busby Very breezy cool afternoon 

Green-Veined White 4
Speckled Wood 2
Emperor Moth
Small Tortoiseshell 2 (by Llyn Cefni dam)

The Dingle LNR, Llangefni, Anglesey 

  SH4576 Paul Busby  


PEACOCKS-        54




TOTAL SEEN        88

Rhydymwyn Transect Walk

  SJ204667 Brian & Sue Roberts Perfect weather today.

Peacock (1)

Speckled Woods (2)

coastal path near Hafan y Mor caravan park Pwllheli SH 436 367 Paul Busby sunny mid-morning

Male Brimstone (1)

Domestic garden Holywell SJ189771 Brian & Sue Roberts  

Peacock (1)

car park at Llechwedd Slate Quarry Blaenau Ffestinog SH698467 Paul Busby on a sunny but cool afternoon(10 Deg C)






TOTAL: - 68

Rhydymwyn Transect Walk      Brian & Sue Roberts Undertook a full survey on this walk.
12/4/2014 Male Orange Tip Domestic garden Holywell SJ189771 Brian & Sue Roberts  

Peacocks (2)

Small Tortoiseshell (3)

Brimstone (1)

Domestic garden Mount Green Conwy GR SH774754 Jill Tattershall

On dandelion and path

1 was feeding on Grape Hyacinth

Flying through garden twice

30/3/2014 Peacock (20), Comma (1) Rhydymwyn   SJ204667 Brian & Sue Roberts  
28/3/2014 Small Tortoiseshell (1) Treborth Botanical Gardens  Bangor   Paul Busby Flying around a pile of logs. Breezy cool day.
17/3/2014 Comma Mount Green Conwy SH774754 Jill Tattershall Feeding on heather and Erysimum Bowles Mauve
12/3/2014 Herald Moth Trefor, Anglesey     Lizzie Hudson Near compost heap in garden.
11/3/2014 Small Tortoiseshell (2) Mount Green Conwy SH774754 Jill Tattershall Feeding on Heather and aubretia
10/3/2014 Red Admiral Mount Green Conwy SH774754 Jill Tattershall Feeding on Heather
9/3/2014 Peacocks (6) Rhydymwyn   SJ204667 Brian & Sue Roberts  
26/2/2014 Angle Shade Moth Trefor, Anglesey     Lizzie Hudson Found initially as a caterpillar on 16/1/2014.
15/10/2013 Red Admiral (2), Small White (1), Small Tortoiseshell (4), Silver Y Moth (1) Bodnant Gardens Conwy SH798 723 Paul Busby occasional sunny spell, cool about 13Deg C
14/10/2013 Red Admiral (2) Parc Cae Derw, Llandudno Junction, Conwy Conwy SH801 781 Paul Busby occasional sunny spell, cool about 13Deg C
5/10/2013 Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral, Tortoiseshell, Small Copper.

Morfa Nefyn area

  map ref 267 405 Michael Spittles Clouded Yellow feeding on clover flowers.
4/9/2013 Wall Brown (6) Castell Dinas Bran Llangollen SJ222430 Richard Jeffery and Win Walsh It was a sunny but very breezy day, although the wind did not seem to bother the butterflies at all.

 Peacock (1)

Red Admiral (1)

Tortoiseshell (1)

Common Blue (1)

 Garden Ruthin  SJ 135585  Heather Williams Was amazed to see all these species at the same time on one buddleia bush
3/9/2013 Wall (1) Summit of Craig yr Aderyn, "Bird Rock"  Tywyn SH644068 Paul Richardson Seen flitting around the summit rocks and vegetation on a calm, humid day.

 Marsh Fritillary (1)

Small Pearl BF (3)

Wall (2)

Garden Tiger larva (1)

 Cor Erddreiniog  Llangefni    Chris Speke

 All seen on raised area adjacent to the Wood

 16/5/2013  Grizzled Skipper (1)  Wrexham Indust site  Wrexham  SJ 381490 Bill Furse   

Small tortoiseshell (35)

Peacock (3)

Green veined white (4)

1 Hafod Ruffydd garden Caernarfon SH518573 Tristan Hatton-Ellis Feeding on flowers in the garden - Erysimum Bowles Mauve esp popular also Verbena bon. + Buddleia.

Wall Brown (10M 2F)

Grayling (25+)

Common Blue (10+)

Silver studded blue (5)

Brown Argus (5)

Great Orme Llandudno SH765825 Simon Fenner Hummingbird Hawk Moth seen coming to rest in rock crevice.

White Letter Hairstreak (5)

Greenfield Valley Holywell SJ189767 Brian Roberts In the trees on the left just beyond the Clock Tower. Also seen at SJ188765 6 purple Hairstreaks