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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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About Moth Families & Subfamilies
The higher categories of classification applied in this presentation (family, ending with - idae / subfamily, ending with -inae / tribe, ending with -ini) follow recent revisions in Kristensen (ed.), 1999 (chapter 19) see Reference List [click here]. In the case of the Family NOCTUIDAE (the largest moth family here), there are about 29 recognized subfamilies worldwide, as proposed by Kitching & Rawlins (1999), and thereby rendering this huge and unwieldly group somewhat more "user-friendly"! Of these 29 subfamilies, 20 are represented right here, on just 5 acres in Ash Canyon!! And this total does not include the former subfamilies Nolinae or Pantheinae, which K.& R. have now separated out and elevated back to full-family status (-idae). Both of the latter are also represented in this locality....

Regarding the Fam. GEOMETRIDAE (second largest "macro"-moth family here), Minet & Scoble, 1999 (chapter 17 in Kristensen) simply divide then up into the usual 6 accepted subfamilies no major recent changes in this group.

The following 14 "MACRO"-MOTH FAMILIES have been recorded on our 5 acres in Ash Canyon to date: Arctiidae, Apatelodidae, Doidae, Lacosomidae, Lasiocampidae, Lymantriidae, Noctuidae, Nolidae, Notodontidae, Pantheidae, Saturniidae, Sematuridae, and Sphingidae. [click on any of these to go directly to the family-listings]
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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