Start Date
July 25, 2024 - 8:00pm
End Date
July 25, 2024 - 10:00pm


Join us to become a moth observer or “moth-er!”. We’ll be partnering with the Toronto Entomologists’ Association (TEA) to put this special event on.

All about moths

Moths can be found all over Downsview Park. You might already know that they’re nocturnal creatures who are drawn to light, but did you also know that there are more than 10,000 different species of moths that live within North America alone? To identify a moth, you want to look for scales (all moths have them) and fur (most moths are a little furry)!

What exactly is a moth night?

Our night will start off with a brief evening nature walk led by Downsview Park staff. During the walk members of TEA will be setting up the perfect conditions for moth observation using some sheets and a very bright light. After the walk participants will get the chance to see moths in action as they are attracted to light. All species will be recorded and added to the Park's biodiversity records.

In 2023, the group spotted 27 species of moth!

Important information! 

This program is scheduled from 8:00 to 9:30pm. Participants are welcome to leave early or stay later. Moth's will only be starting to emerge at 9:30pm. Volunteers will be at the Park until late into the night to spot moths.. Participants are welcome to stay later to spot the array of late-night moths that visit Downsview Park.

What to bring
- Sunglasses (for the UV light that will be used)
- Moth ID book (optional)
- Headlamp or flashlight (optional)
- Bug spray (optional)

This event is weather dependant. Program may need to be rescheduled if there is a chance of rain, or high winds that could damage moth equipment.


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Whether you’re participating in one of our programs or attending a concert, there’s always something for everyone.