Observing Insects at Night

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In this activity, learners set up a night time insect observation station with a light and sheet. Includes step by step instructions to set up station, a "What's Going On" section explains how insects use light ot navigate, a link to a video of scientists collecting insects at night, and suggested resources for extension activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • White or light colored sheet/cloth
  • Rope to hang sheet/cloth
  • Black light/ultraviolet light and/or fluorescent or incandescent light source
  • Power source for lights


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Collecting
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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