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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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FIVE ACRES OF MOTHS (1979 - present)
DEDICATION
This website is dedicated, with deepest admiration, to the memory of JEAN HENRI FABRE (1823-1915), undisputed King of all the (entomological) "Back-Yarders"! And here is a revealing quote:

"This is what I wished for - a bit of land, oh, not so very large, but fenced in, to avoid the drawbacks of a public way...." - J.H. Fabre, from The Passionate Observer.

One could speculate that Fabre's imagined "needs" were few indeed, or at the most, very simple... Disease-insurance? Fashionable clothes? "Image"? "Life-style"??? Never entered his head, I'm sure! (What! - No car, route-planner, day-planner, cell-phone, pager, voice-mail, answering machine, call-waiting, iPod, iPhone, FAX machine, computer, CD/DVD, e-mail, thumb-drive, blackberry, PDA, RFID, GPS, VCR, or television set??....How did he ever make it through the day without all that "multi-tasking"???!) Please note, also, that he reached the ripe old age of 92, without any "help" from medical or drug "research". One could further speculate that he was not suffering from any prescription-drug "deficiencies", and also that he was highly content with his lot. AND that his foods were simple, organic, and not genetically modified....To repeat, this was 1823-1915.
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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