|Blair's Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri)|
The second new species was extremely difficult to see as it was nearly as black as the plastic upon which it was resting. No certainty it was a moth either - but when I looked at the Yorkshire Moths site to see which species might be flying tonight, there, at the bottom of the list, was Exapate congelatella - the moth that appears at the first sign of frost (congelatus : frozen); the exapate part means 'gross deceit' and is a complicated reference to the tortricid moth looking like a tineid. That's the gist anyway. The moth was keen to be off and was difficult to photograph - a collecting tube was turned upside down, positioned on a new book by the Incline Press and then carefully unscrewed. A quick photograph to show its characteristics and then put outside to await release this evening.
It has just started to rain. Another trap on Saturday if the weather stays mild. Species list now grown to 257.