Pest World for Kids: Why are Insects Attracted to Light?

If you’ve spent time outside in the backyard or on the porch during a summer evening, you have probably seen insects flying around porch lights, street lights, or even a campfire flame.

Some insects like moths just seem to be naturally drawn to and mesmerized by these sources of light, occasionally even colliding with light bulbs head on. So, why do these bugs like light?

Although flying insects such as flies and moths are known for this behavior, scientists have not been able to figure out exactly why bugs are attracted to light. However, they’ve come up with a few theories as to why bugs behave this way.


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