Looking for moths is very easy. Many people just leave a porch light on and check what is attracted to the light. Others use blacklights and Mercury Vapor Lights that put out light in color spectrums that can be irresistible to moths. Special fermented baits are also used to draw moths in. Read below about different light setups and recipes from bait, that are used by moth’ers, and were sent to Moth Week.

Meet our partners – Seabrooke Leckie

Seabrooke Leckie is a freelance biologist and writer living in rural eastern Ontario. She holds a B.Sc.H. in Zoology and has worked on field research contracts in many parts of the continent, from California to Québec, British Columbia to Ohio, as well as her home province of Ontario. She discovered moths quite by accident one …

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Educational Resources from the Lepidopterists’ Society

The Lepidopterists’ Society can provide K-12 students, teachers and parents resources on butterflies and moth awareness either in the classroom to enhance your educational curriculum, or for your own personal interest and enjoyment.  Check out our projects below to find out more about how we can help you. If you have questions or suggestions, please …

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Mothing in Alaska

“Mothing in Alaska” was sent to NMW by Ken Philip I know of only two people in Alaska who collect moths: Jim Kruse, and me. UV light traps work much better in August than July (and you can forget about June!). Of course, Alaska does have moths. I have attached a photo showing what turned …

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Fran’s set-up

Here’s my little set up that I mainly use–pillowcase on a dowel, hung over a light fixture. In the fixture I’ve tried ordinary CFLs, “black light” CFL, and the black incandescent light bulb from Spencer’s. I sometimes move the cloth around to other fixtures that have incandescent bulbs. Of course the moths land on the …

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Fruit Bait

I think this particular mix is banana, watermelon, orange, maybe grapes and/or apple. After awhile I dump it out and start over. If it’s too dry, it just gets hard. Too wet and it just gets mushy & moldy. (Fran Cutrell Rutkovsky) Only one moth showed up tonight when I checked the pears. Looks like …

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