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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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MAPS
Vegetation map of Canada, United States, Central America and Mexico.



Vegetation map showing 'green corridors' from Mexico and Central America. Many tropical species will follow these corridors north. The western corridor just reaches into S.E. Arizona and is a major factor in the increased biodiversity of the region. An eastern branch follows the east coast of Mexico and goes into the southern and eastern U.S. (click on map to show all of North America).



Southeastern Arizona


Maps of general vegetation types in Arizona

Madrean Evergreen Woodland
Semidesert Grassland
Chihuahuan Desert Scrub
Montane Conifer
Cochise County, Arizona is at the northern edge of a tropical monsoon pattern (watch the blue area in the animation, source: Wikipedia). Over half the rainfall in Cochise County comes from the 'pumping' action of the summer monsoon that moves across Mexico from Central and South America


Other maps
low resolution landsat photo of Cochise County, Arizona (640x480)
high resolution landsat photo of Cochise County, Arizona (2560x1920)
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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