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Photo: Nancy Lowe
Presented by Discover Life
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials yes

Required Gear:

Porchlight or other light to attract moths, camera with good macro function, computer with internet access.


To understand how ecological factors affect moths.
Take and share photographs of moths at your porch light.

Moths are incredibly diverse, are ecologically important as plant eaters, pollinators, and food for songbirds. How will climate and other large-scale ecological factors affect moths? Take photographs of moths at your porch light and upload to Discover Life. You can identify them if you'd like, and we'll help. Students can compare moths at their own site with moths from other sites, to answer their own original questions and do real science. Interested participants may also wish to coordinate a study site.

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