Little Slender (for that is its colloquial name), was one of three micro moths trapped in the gardens at the Yorkshire Museum last night and those members of the public who stopped, on their way to work, to look at the 'catch' found it difficult to believe that something so small, that could barely be seen, could indeed be a moth. Here it is under a macro lens. It is not glimpsed very often as it spends up to nine months hibernating or overwintering. The antennae wave almost constantly, sensing and investigating the air.
The scientific name means 'dry' or 'withered pearl'. The moth can be found on grassland, gardens and heathland and is quite common.
We are still trying to identify the third micro and will post when we find out.