HALL OF FAME
Here are some of the species we have caught which are of particular interest or noteworthy, i.e firsts for the county or rare in North Wales etc. To some it may not look like much, indeed some of these species are common in other parts of the UK, but it is about context, some of these species either are actually rare in the area, newly colonising it or just vastly under-recorded. Either way when you find one in the moth trap it certainly gets you excited!
Eastern Black Tabby
A chance find in the house on the 20th April 2020, this was the first record for Wales and although a probable import still nice to find.
Hemlock Yellow Conch
Recorded on the 9th June 2018 in the garden, it was the first ever record for North Wales, and the first for mainland Wales.
A single moth of this species turned up in our moth trap on the 26th June 2020, the first time in Flitnshire this moth had been recorded.
Orange-spotted Shoot Moth
Recorded on the 19th July 2017 in the garden and was the first time this species had been recorded in Flintshire.
Not common in North Wales, our record on 6th July 2017 was the first one in almost 20 years. There are only 14 records in North Wales.
Another chance find, on the outside od the spare bedroom window during the day of 19th July 2020, a new species to North Wales.
A single specimen in our garden moth trap on the 15th June 2023, a new species for Flintshire and the first in North Wales since 1993.
Recorded on the 16th May 2017 in the garden and was the first time this species had been recorded in Flintshire. (Recorded subsequently too)
Large Beech Piercer
Recorded on the 6th July 2017 in the garden and was the first time this species had been recorded in Flintshire.
A moth we have had on a number of occasions, yet on 21st June 2017 the it was the 2nd Flintshire record & first time recorded in over 20 years.
Recorded flying around our Chives in the garden on the 20th April 2022, this was the first record of this species in North Wales.
A new species to Flintshire, one was in our garden on the 7th July 2023, a species that seems to have been increasing in nearby areas.
Yellow-backed Clothes Moth
this little moth appeared in our garden on the 31st May 2018 and was the first record for Flintshire, with only 3 other records for North Wales.
Recorded on the 25th May 2017 in the garden and it is only the 2nd record for North Wales and 1st for Flintshire.
Found 2 on the 1st July 2018 at Connah's Quay, it was the first time since 1971 that this species had been recorded in North Wales.
On the 15th June 2023 two specimens of this species arrived in our garden moth trap, new to North Wales.
On the 25th June 2020, 2 of these stunning moths were in our garden, making them the first time this species has been recorded in Flintshire.
Recorded on the 6th July 2017 in the garden and it is the first record of this species in Flintshire, although probably overlooked.
Also recorded on the 25th May 2017 in the garden, it is only the 4th record for North Wales and the 1st for Flintshire.