Amazing moths

If you thought all moths were brown and only concerned with headbutting your lightbulb, think again!

Moths are much more than just butterflies without make-up. They're a diverse, fascinating and easy-to-see part of our wild world no matter where you live.

 

It can be as easy as exploring who's been attracted to an outside light, so grab our moth guide and see what you can find.

 

Have fun exploring the amazing world of moths, show us how you got on and take another bold step towards completing your Wild Challenge!

 

Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!

 

Did you know Some animals use distant light sources like the moon to navigate. It's a bit of a mystery why moths are attracted to lightbulbs but one theory is that they're trying to use them to navigate like they would the moon, but the bright light dazzles and confuse them!

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What you will need

Finding moths is pretty easy and all you really need to do is investigate who's been attracted to your outside light. However, if you'd like to see more moths and take a closer look, you'll need:

 

Step-by-step

  1. Starting with the moths in your bathroom or around outside lights is a really simple way to begin. If you'd like to attract more moths into a place convenient for you to observe them, a moth lure or moth trap are a good idea. There's a guide to creating a moth lure below. Wherever you decide to hunt for moths, please ensure you have permission and that it's safe.
  2. Have a good look at the moths you've found using your ID sheet or guide. A magnifying glass or binoculars are a good way to get a super close up view!
  3. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.

Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of what you saw or your family on the look out! Alternatively, draw or paint what you saw or upload a piece of writing talking about your experience.

Make a moth lure

You will need

  • Brown sugar
  • Over-ripe bananas
  • Cola
  • Black treacle
  • A paintbrush

 

What to do:

  1. Break the bananas into pieces, put them in a bowl and squash them with a fork.
  2. Add some sugar and a dollop of treacle
  3. Pour on enough cola to dissolve the sugar and make the mixture runny enough to spread with a paintbrush, but not so runny that it will drip.
  4. Pour the mixture into a pan and gently heat it up. Grown-up supervision will be needed for this part! Keep stirring all the time and make sure it doesn't boil over. Once all the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is gloopy, take it off the heat.
  5. Leave the sugary syrup to cool, stirring it now and again.
  6. Just before dusk, head out to the garden and paint the syrup onto a bare tree trunk or a fence post. Be care not to cover any plants or animals living there.

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