Illustrative image of moth hotel instruction sheet

Make a Moth Hotel

Find out how many moths live near you by building a moth hotel from recycled materials. You will also need a light to attract moths to your hotel; a small torch or bike light is ideal. Once you have collected some moths, you can have a go at identifying them, and then let them go in a safe place.

To make the moth hotel you will need:

  • A 2-litre plastic bottle
  • String or wool
  • Sticky tape
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Half of a cardboard egg carton, or scrap card
  • An outdoor light or a torch
  • Optional: paper to draw flower petals (or print the flower shape from the instructions)

You can download instructions for making your moth hotel from the OUMNH website.

The charity Butterfly Conservation have produced this brilliant moth ID guide to help identify any moths that you find.