Sunday, September 30, 2018

Why are moths attracted to light?

From: Barb M.
Sent: September 30, 2018
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Subject: Fw: Why are moths attracted to light?




In a behavior called transverse orientation, some insects navigate by flying at a constant angle relative to a distant light source, such as the moon. But around man-made lights, such as a campfire or your porch light, the angle to the light source changes as a moth flies by. This confuses it.Mar 25, 2011 Why Are Moths Drawn to Artificial Lights? - Live Science

https://www.livescience.com/33156-moths-drawn-artificial-lights.html

Why do moths like light but only come out at night?
If moths like the light so much how come they don't come out during the day? Moths don't 'like' light at all. The reason they fly maniacally around bulbs is that in the pre-electric world in which they evolved, they used the moon to navigate by night. ... The result is that they moth just goes round and round in circles. If moths like the light so much how come they don''t come out during ...
https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-49284,00.html



Why are moths attracted to flames?
The fact is, entomologists – that is, scientists who study insects – aren't sure. One idea is that moths aren't so much attracted to the light of a flame or other bright light as they are disoriented by it. ... As it does so, it spirals in toward the light and might end up drawn into the flame.Oct 21, 2012 Why are moths attracted to flame? | Earth | EarthSky
earthsky.org/?p=2168

Are moths attracted to heat? 
In a behavior called transverse orientation, some insects navigate by flying at a constant angle relative to a distant light source, such as the moon. But around man-made lights, such as a campfire or your porch light, the angle to the light source changes as a moth flies by. This confuses it.Mar 25, 2011 Why Are Moths Drawn to Artificial Lights? - Live Science
https://www.livescience.com/33156-moths-drawn-artificial-lights.html



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