Outdoor Solar Light Puts Bugs On Display

Step right up and step right in! It’s a new show every day with your very own Solar Insect Theatre, the outdoor light that makes use of the bugs it attracts by putting them on display.

Constructed of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, the Solar Insect Theatre collects juice from the sun by day and kicks on automatically at dusk, providing eco-friendly lighting for outdoor areas. However, instead of simply attracting swarms of insects like most outdoor lights, this one actually provides habitat for them in a kind of terrarium, where you can add twigs, branches and mosses to cozy up the place for moths, lacewings, butterflies and other insects and view them during the day. An access door on the side can be used to remove insects for study, and the lower shelf has several Solitary Bee nesting holes for added habitat. (Once those bugs are in, don’t worry: there are many, many ways for them to get out!)

image via Coolest Gadgets

image via Coolest Gadgets

The Solar Insect Theatre works best in a warm area with dappled sunlight out of prevailing winds, around 3 to 7 feet off the ground.  It sells for £29.45 or around $48 online.

Solar Insect Theatre [via Coolest Gadgets]

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.