Saturday, July 16, 2022 • 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Welcome to the Dark Side!

What is Mothing?

It’s a fun hobby of drawing moths to a collecting sheet using a light source. Though moths are nocturnal they are drawn to light sources like porch lights, UV lights, mercury vapor lights, and retina searing 400 watt metal halid lights. 

What should I bring to moth night?

Please bring a flashlight or wear a head lamp. Bring with you whatever will make you comfortable such as an outdoor chair, non-alcoholic beverage, snacks. We suggest bringing a camera and field guide. 

What kind of moths will we see?

There are some fairly common moths we expect to see,  but let’s be honest: we’re all hoping that Mothra will appear! Ok, it’s always cool when some of the Big Ones grace us with their presence. 

Why bother to look for moths?

Moths are very important insects! Reasons to love moths: pollinators, indicator species, food for other critters. Yes, there are those moths that eat crops, carpets, wool sweaters, and laugh maniacally when you act so afraid of them. But a world without moths would not be a very pleasant world.

What will you provide?

In addition to our collecting sheets we provide UV protective eyewear, sunscreen, field guide, lighted magnifying glass, and hopefully interesting conversation. 

How is this citizen science?

All observations made on our collecting sheets are submitted as records to the Moths of North Carolina database website. You are welcome to submit your sightings to other citizen science websites like iNaturalist.

Mothing Equipment

Our set-up of two collecting sheets uses a combination of either a 160 watt mercury vapor bulb, 400 watt metal halide bulb, and a 40 watt UV 24 inch tube. We use the different lights because different wavelengths of light attract different types of moths.

moth sheets

Tickets available until July 1, 2022

Moth Moon Square

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