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Macro-Moth Study
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BACKYARD 7 — FIVE ACRES OF MOTHS
SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA
in the SE. HUACHUCA MOUNTAINS,
COCHISE COUNTY (HEREFORD DISTRICT)

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Bias in Photo Representation
The moths FIRST to be depicted here will be all of the countless smaller species the ones that the "trophy-hunters" never see and regularly stomp on, while grabbing at everything BIG (.... as is the American way). It is amongst the hundreds of SMALLER moths that the observant collector is most likely to turn up something truly exciting a species that is new to science! There are many moths in this category "out there", still awaiting discovery, particularly in the western U.S.A. and in all of the tropical/subtropical regions of the planet.... It is not necessary to hurtle off into outer space to find "new" frontiers; they exist right here in our own back yards, if we could but SLOW DOWN and really look!!.... H.D. Thoreau gets the final word on this topic:

    "It takes a man [or woman!] of genius to travel in his own country in his native village to make any progress between his door and his garden gate!"
    Journal (6 Aug. 1851)
AND
    "The discoveries which we make abroad are special and particular; those which we make at home are general and significant. The further off, the nearer the surface; the closer to home, the deeper."
    Journal (7 Sep. 1851)
Five Acres of Moths
www.fiveacresofmoths.org

A long-term study documenting the occurrence of more than 900 macro-moth species on 5 acres in lower ASH CANYON (oak/manzanita woodland and grassland ecotone, at 5170 ft. elevation, 13 mi. S. of Sierra Vista).

Dedication

Introduction

What to Expect at this Site

SOME POSSIBLE (perhaps valid?) REASONS for visiting this "Backyard" website

About the Backyard Concept

Motivations: Why Publish This Material?

Summarizing How These Projects Evolved

What is Being Collected?

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

PHOTO CREDITS

REFERENCES

GLOSSARY & ABBREVIATIONS + SYMBOLS USED

Miscellaneous Tidbits Dept.

SUPERFAMILIES AND SUBFAMILIES

A FEW GENERIC SYNONYMS

MONA #'s

SEASONAL CHARTS

EXTERNAL LINKS

MAPS

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