Horrible images show how a swarm of thousands of moths has invaded a small French city

You can see moths glued to the window, while dozens more fly under the light in the distance

Horrible images show how a swarm of thousands of moths has invaded a small French city

  • Oyonnax, in the department of Ain, has seen thousands of insects in recent weeks
  • Locals filmed boxwood moths flying in the street light and adhesive window
  • Gaelle Lecompte said swarms of them come out especially at night & # 39;

Bryony Jewell for Mailonline

A swarm of moths has invaded a small town in France, leaving its residents fed up with their uninvited guests.

The city of Oyonnax, in the department of Ain in eastern France, has hosted thousands of boxwood moths in recent weeks, according to a local.

In a shocking recording filmed on September 9, you can see a cloud of insects glued to a window and moving around a lampost.

Gaelle Lecompte recorded the swarm around 9:30 pm and says he was greeted by sight when he and his partner arrived at the village late at night.

Dozens of moths can be seen in the windowpane while swarms of thousands more fly under a lighthouse.

In the video surprised voices are heard, clearly surprised by the view from the outside.

Lecompte believes that the presence of insects is partly explained by streetlights.

He said: "Moths are particularly concentrated in our town, especially at night because of these streetlights."

A theory of why creatures can be attracted to light is because they use it to help migrate.

You can see moths glued to the window, while dozens more fly under the light in the distance

Lecompte said: "Moths are particularly concentrated in our town, especially at night because of these street lamps."

Lecompte said: "Moths are particularly concentrated in our town, especially at night because of these street lamps."

The city of Oyonnax has had thousands of uninvited guests in recent weeks. A local resident Gaelle Lecompte filmed the swarms of boxwood moths that stuck to her window

Some experts have argued that moonlight can give moths navigation clues and that artificial light could throw the moth's internal navigation system.

However, other experts do not believe in this theory and instead argue that moths are attracted to the infrared spectrum emitted by candlelight.

This is the same as the spectrum emitted by pheromones of the female moth that causes male moths to fly towards it.

The boxwood moth is native to Asia, but now it is found in Europe. It has been spreading in France since 2008.

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