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Summer night insect audit

Our scientists spend a lot of time learning about which animals and plants live in the bush and how they are going. No creature is too small to be included, even little bugs.

Insects are very important in nature, they play a role in pollinating plants and are part of the food chain, eaten by birds, reptiles and other animals.

Warm summer nights are a great time to find out which insects live around your home. To find out, we can set up a Light Trap.

Blitzing for bugs using a bed sheet and UV light. Photo Annette Ruzicka.
Blitzing for bugs using a bed sheet and UV light. Photo Annette Ruzicka.

What you’ll need:

  • A clothesline
  • A white sheet to hang on it (and pegs)
  • A bright torch to shine on the sheet.

Moths, flies and many other flying insects are attracted to light and will be drawn to your sheet where you can get a good look at them.

How many different insects can you find?

One insect that’s easy to attract is the mosquito. Make sure you have your arms and legs covered to protect yourself from bites!

Moths and beetles drawn to a light trap at our Scottsdale Reserve. Photo Suzi Bond.
Moths and beetles drawn to a light trap at our Scottsdale Reserve. Photo Suzi Bond.