Does artificial light at night affect NZ's native moths?

We want to know if the colour of Artificial Light at Night affects New Zealand's Native moths. Want to find out with us?

If you are in the Dunedin local area and would like to join this year's Ahi Pepe MothNet March experiment let us know.

Thanks to the generous support of Kamahi Electronics and Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research we have a limited number of traps available to lend to the public.

We've had lots of inquiries so don't be shy. This is your chance to participate in some real life science and see cool nightlife.

This is a really cool project to do with kids so we will give priority to kura / primary schools / conservation groups and those in the Orokonui Halo or Peninsula area.

You'll get to see some of New Zealand's amazing native moths up close. Our brand new activity book is about to be launched and you'll get a copy of our amazing Puka Whakamārama o Te Pepe Nui - Beginner's Guide to Macro Moths for your region to keep.

To experience all this awesomeness:

  1. Follow our Facebook page - so we can communicate effectively with you (feel free to like and share while you are there)
  2. Commit to one night of sampling between the 12th March and 19th of March (setting out either 4 or 10 traps over night (just one night).
  3. Catch the moth sample.
  4. Send the moths to our Dunedin office of Manaaki Whenua.