Child wearing a homemade moth headdress at a Museum event

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Make a moth headdress

Wing it as a majestic moth with this head piece, complete with proboscis (a moth's tongue-like mouthpart) and antennae.

To get started, print out two copies of the antennae template PDF (3.7MB).

You will need:

  • a printer
  • three sheets of paper (if you want to, you can use coloured paper or colour it in)
  • scissors
  • staples or glue
  1. Fold one of your template printouts lengthways.
  2. Cut along the outer lines first, then cut out the pieces with an X in them. A grown-up may need to help or supervise.
  3. Repeat steps one and two to make the second antenna.
  4. To create a headband, cut a long strip of paper and then fold it around your head. When it is secure, get a grown-up to staple it together. Or you can cut a strip of paper to the right size for your head and glue the two ends together.
  5. Staple or glue the cut-out antennae to the headband, one on the left and one on the right.
  6. Make a proboscis by cutting out a third strip of paper and rolling up the end - this will give it a curled look.
  7. Attach it to the middle of the headband above your nose.

Moth fact: amazing antennae

Scientists believe moths may use their antennae for navigation, to find food or to locate a mate. They also use them to find the best plants to lay eggs on.

Male emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia)

Many moths have comb-like or feathery antennae, such as this male emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) © Patrick Clement (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Moth fact: what is a proboscis for anyway?

Moths use their proboscis for feeding - it acts like a straw. When not in use it retracts into the mouth. Many moth species do not need to eat as adults and so their proboscis is retracted or even missing.