Mosquitoes are attracted to UV lights. This is because they use light to navigate in the dark and hunt their prey. They confuse artificial lights for the light of the stars and moon, which they would normally use.
Mosquitoes do not have good eyesight, so they need light to help them hunt. Mosquitoes are not attracted to every light. Yellow lights and red lights actually repel mosquitoes as they find it unpleasant. The reason mosquitoes circle around lights is because they catch the light in one of their eyes, which causes the wing on that side to flutter a little weaker and makes them circle around.Learn More
Mosquitoes are attracted to bacteria and microbes that live on skin. They are also attracted to chemicals emitted through the skin, such as ammonia and octenol, which is a component of sweat.Full Answer >
Flies are attracted to light because they naturally use the light reflected off the moon to guide them. Using the light of the moon, a fly can keep a straight flight direction by keeping the light at a steady angle.Full Answer >
Flies, moths, beetles and other flying insects that have positive phototaxis are attracted to light. Phototaxis is an organism's automatic response to light. Those with positive phototaxis automatically move toward it. Insects that experience negative phototaxis are repulsed by light. Examples of insects that experience negative phototaxis are earthworms and cockroaches.Full Answer >
Moths are attracted to light because they use the moon to orientate themselves in flight. In the presence of artificial lights, moths often become confused and will mistake the light source as the moon.Full Answer >