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Seven Backyards
Moths...Moths...Moths...and their Habitats...and other stuff....
Several Long-Term Backyard
Studies in the U.S. and Australia


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1 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA (1938-1957)
A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting 283 MACRO-MOTH species in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains.
2 - Valyermo, northern Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA (1957-1964)
Habitat photos around White Cliff Ranch, near the Devil's Punchbowl State Park, north slope of the San Gabriel Mts.
3 - Lawrence, Douglas County, KANSAS (1959-1961)
A three-year survey of the spring MACRO-MOTHS on the Kansas University Natural History Reservation.
4 - Corvallis, Benton County, OREGON (1961-1963)
A 3-year study of MACRO-MOTHS in the McDonald Forest, including many life history notes from captive rearings.
5 - Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (1965-1971)
A complete reproduction of the 400-page BOOK, Portraits of South Australian Geometrid Moths (McFarland, 1988).
6 - Geraldton, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1972-1978)
A copy of the HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE booklet (1977), and Botanical / Habitat Photos depicting the Reserve.
7 - Hereford, Cochise County, ARIZONA (1979-2011)
A 32-year survey of the MACRO-MOTH fauna of a 5-acre parcel at 5354 E. Ash Canyon Rd., in the Huachuca Mts.
(See the OVERVIEW for more details.)
Seven Backyards

Preface

OVERVIEW

Moths and Memories

Dedication

Where Are the Specimens Now?

ASH CANYON FIRE (2011)


Background and Introduction

Elfin Forests, Worldwide: MAQUIS / FYNBOS / KWONGAN / MATORRAL / CHAPARRAL

About The Backyard Concept

Motivations: Why Publish This Material?

Summarizing How These Projects Evolved

About the Photographs

Bias in Photo Representation

Moth Identifications

Taxonomy & Classification (the names)

About Moth Families & Subfamilies

Some Thoughts About Moth Surveys

Abundance Ratings Defined (8 Categories)

About the Flight Periods

Interpretation of the Flight-Phenograms

Miscellaneous Comments on Black Lights

Peculiarities of Moth Activity

Prime Time = Full-Moon-Plus-Ten

How To Obtain Perfect (Moth) Specimens

To Kill Or Not To Kill??

Beating or Sweeping for Larvae

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & DETERMINATIONS

Miscellaneous Tidbits Dept.

PHOTO CREDITS