I don’t think many people know the answer to this question, including myself before I researched it.
According to a publication by the National Institute of Health (NIH), moths exhibit nocturnal behavior due to predatory pressure, specifically by bats. In other words, whatever traits or characteristics moths have are desired, and selected, by bats to eat. So moths must remain nocturnal, with special echolocation skills (hearing), to detect predators. This evolution, as most evolutionary traits, are for the purpose of species to survive.
Oh, and here is a link I forgot to include!
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