In this activity, students watch a video of Dr Robert Hoare collecting moths in an Auckland park and then plan their own expedition.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe in detail their planned expedition for collecting moths
  • explain what equipment they would take along and what they would use it for
  • discuss the information they would collect to help them identify different moth species.

Download the Word file  for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do.

Nature of science

Some scientists collect data in the field. This information provides evidence for their explanations.

Useful links

What is this bug? A guide to common invertebrates of New Zealand from Landcare.

    Published 30 April 2009, Updated 13 December 2011