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Is there a logical explanation as to why moths are infatuated with light bulbs and even fire?

I seen one commit suicide just to be near fire...Why do they do that?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:38 PM on Dec. 5, 2008 in Just for Fun

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  • It's called phototaxis. They are positive phototaxis which means they are drawn to the light. Negative would be for those little creatures that run from the light.
    have2travel

    Answer by have2travel at 6:46 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

  • It's true that they are appear drawn to the light, but it's because they use light or it's reflections to guide themselves when they fly. They aren't actually "drawn to the flame (or light)", but are disoriented by it in an effort to maintain a flight pattern. Check out this site for the scientific explanation:

    http://www.earthsky.org/faq/why-are-moths-attracted-to-flame
    jburg2541

    Answer by jburg2541 at 5:30 AM on Dec. 6, 2008

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