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Scientists shine light on pollinating moths.

A new study has found that moths are as important as bees in pollinating plants. Read the article from The Week and try the following challenges.


Investigate: Write a fact file for 3-5 moths found in the UK. Include descriptions of important physical features such as size, colour and markings, as well as stating where they tend to live and what they to eat.


Writing challenge:  Write an imagined dialogue between a moth and a flower. Perhaps the flower is surprised to be visited by a moth in the middle of the night. Perhaps the flower has secretly encouraged the moth to visit when the bee won’t notice. Whatever they say to each other, make sure you include all speech punctuation and use an interesting range of speaking verbs, such as whispered, cried, moaned and so on. 


Hold a debate; So, we now know that moths play a valuable role in the pollinating of plants. No doubt, many other insects carry out a whole variety of essential tasks without us noticing. Yet many of us think nothing of swatting a bug that just happens to be in our way, when we wouldn’t dream of killing other animals. Is it time we gave the same protection to insects that we do to other wildlife? Should we make it an offence to kill any animal, no matter how small? Or is that taking things too far? After all, there are plenty of insects in the world and if, for example, a mosquito is about to bite, where’s the harm in getting it first? What do you think?

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