June 3, 2023

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Why are insects attracted to artificial lights?

The classic summer cookout comes with chips and drinks and then, after the sun goes down, swarms of insects flutter around the porch lights. But flying around artificial lights can have deadly consequences for critters like moths, mosquitoes, and gnats. They can get stuck under lampshades and be exposed to predators such as beetles, spiders, bats, and birds.

This “dumb spin” can distract insects from goals like eating, mating, and reproduction, said Harvard associate Avalon Owens. Artificial lights may contribute to this Decreased insect numbers all over the world. So, given the risks, why are insects so attracted to artificial lights?