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Why are moths drawn to the flame?

  1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    Why are moths drawn to the flame?

    Pondering this after watching the moths on my patio when I took a break from research/writing.

  2. thumbi7 profile image64
    thumbi7posted 2 years ago

    Probably they are attracted to the light

    1. Buildreps profile image89
      Buildrepsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      or the warmth...maybe both

    2. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Duh !  Probably. That was my thought, too.

  3. greenmind profile image94
    greenmindposted 2 years ago

    One theory is that moths use the moon for navigation, and they get confused by trying to do the same thing with an artificial light source. Since they try to keep the moon at a more or less constant distance, they often wind up pinwheeling around our lights because they're so much closer.

    1. M. T. Dremer profile image94
      M. T. Dremerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      This is also the theory I heard, in one of Richard Dawkins' books.

    2. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, that is what I read, too, greenmind. That is the only theory I have heard that makes sense. Another theory I read somewhere is that a bright light looks like the Mother Ship - I quickly discarded that theory.

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