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Why don't moths fly towards the Sun?

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Most moths are nocturnal, so during the day they keep still to avoid detection from predators.

Asked by: Matthew Snowdon, Bristol

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Most moths are nocturnal, so during the day they keep still to avoid detection from predators. Moths don’t fly towards the Moon, either: the idea that moths are trying to navigate by the Moon has been disproved. Exactly why moths fly towards artificial lights still isn’t understood – all we know is that artificial lights confuse them in some way.


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Luis trained as a zoologist, but now works as a science and technology educator. In his spare time he builds 3D-printed robots, in the hope that he will be spared when the revolution inevitably comes.

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