As part of the Great Southern Bioblitz, let's make September 26th moth night around the Southern Hemisphere. Join in the fun!
We often observe nature during the day, but as a child I often found moths attracted to the outside light. This is a great concept that can be used to explore the amazing diversity of the evening, all you need is a light and a white sheet (cotton is best). While there are some special lights that can be used to improve your collections, the best thing about Moth Night is that anyone can join in from around globe.
What you will need:
- iNaturalist account
- Once you have an iNaturalist account you will need to join the "Moth Night -A Great Southern Bioblitz Project" project https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/projects/moth-night-a-great-southern-bioblitz-project and save the date
- A camera/phone,
- A white sheet (preferably cotton – synthetic materials tend not to glow under black light the same way).
- A bright light (Black lights if you have it otherwise a white light will work well),
- Clamp or method to a hold light
- tripod, chair or similar to attach light,
- A torch
- An outdoor space open to the moths.
To start with you will need to hang the sheet – we suggest using the good old Hills Hoist or on a rope between two trees or similar.
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