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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from St. Odilia 2012

St. Odilia
3495 Victoria St N
Shoreview, MN 55126

Year: 2012
Teacher(s): Caroline Waskow

Moths' Favorite Light

The purpose of our experiment was to see what kind of light attracts moths the most. We shone the light on a sheet and waited thirty minutes. Then we counted up the moths attracted by the light. Among the many unknowns, from darkness to moth’s hunger, was the weather. There was a freeze the night before we ran our experiment. One moth was attracted to the incandescent and black light. Two were attracted to the L.E.D. and the fluorescent. Four moths were attracted to the spotlight. We learned the  temperature moths stopped flying at as well as the fact that the brighter the light, the more moths attracted.

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