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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 the Photographs
As excellent, unfaded (i.e., more recent) specimens become available, more photos will be produced for inclusion on this website. Those fitting that description already (even if 20-25 years old at this time), will be used for illustration as soon as possible note the dates on the photos.. It is interesting to observe how well some spp. age without much color alteration, whereas others degrade considerably ( and rather rapidly), esp. certain green or greenish-tinged noctuids. A very different and universal color change that comes with age (referring here to moths, not butterflies), is the gradual shift of GRAYS to browns. This change takes many years to evolve and is hardly noticeable to the owner of a collection, as it is so slow.... But, one only needs to bring in a mint-fresh" specimen (of any predominantly gray moth), and then compare it to a decades-old specimen of the same species in an old collection, to see the color change.... And, the older the collection, the more will be the shift towards brown amongst the (former) grays. In spp. that are truly brown (not gray) to begin with, this is obviously not going to be a problem! Their only degradation is just simple fading, to a greater or lesser degree, depending upon the species and the conditions of storage. NOTE: Pinned moth specimens should ALWAYS be housed in total darkness, for optimum long term color retention. Most of them will fade rapidly in the presence of continuous light, as for example in display collections.
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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