On Cristiano Ronaldo’s face, on advertising boards, on the field. Moths were absolutely everywhere last night and the reason for unprecedented invasion is quite simple.
If you watched the Euro 2016 final last night, you surely have strong thoughts on who won and if it was deserved. But you also must have noticed the abnormally large number of moths inside Stade de France.
They occupied almost every spot exposed to artificial lighting, be it grass, goalposts or players and referees themselves. In fact, ahead of the game UEFA sent out its workers with brooms to wipe the infested LED hoardings.
Why would moths find this game so much more attractive than any of the previous 50 played in France? First, temperature in Paris was high in recent days, increasing insect activity. And second, organizers reportedly left the floodlights on for the entire Saturday night, drawing moths from large distances.