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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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What to Expect at this Site
This site (#7) IS NOT DESIGNED OR INTENDED FOR SPECIMEN IDENTIFICATION! It only proffers an alphabetical listing, arranged by family - genus - species. So, you will need to have the name "in hand" before you come here!! How to accomplish that?? FIRST, go to any of the various other sites already "out there", which are geared explicitly to the identification of adult moths — see the External Links. It MAY indeed sometimes be possible to learn the identity of a specimen, simply by "stumbling" onto the photo at this site — the more so if you have any inkling of the genus to which the moth belongs....However, a purely alphabetical arrangement (as is employed here) usually separates closely-related families and genera from each other, within the overall listing. Thus, one cannot merely go to "previous" or "next", and hope somehow to find other related (or similar-looking) entities all neatly clustered together, as they often would be in a taxonomic or phylogenetic arrangement....Sorry! But it is impossible to serve every "need" with one list....Come here merely to "browse", and you MAY end up with some identifications. BUT DON'T COUNT ON IT!!....Note: The list of generic synonyms may prove helpful.
If seeking information on the seasonal FLIGHT-PERIODS and/or local abundance of adult moths, you will find specific details here — relating, of course, primarily to the two featured localities: (1) the eastern Santa Monica Mts. north of BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA (1953-57), or (2) the HEREFORD District of SE. ARIZONA (30 years of records since Jan. 1979, in the SE. Huachuca Mts., at approx. 5,100-5,200 foot elevation)....You may also find information on the FOODPLANTS and EARLY STAGES, for some of the featured moths, if known to this writer. This was frequently "new" (or unpublished) information at the time of discovery (note the dates attached to the rearings). Many of these foodplant records have also been shared with others over the years....
The habitats and native plants of the named localities are briefly discussed — and sometimes illustrated with photos. Also included are brief commentaries on the typical climatic patterns, seasonal differences, and seasonal peaks of moth abundance at these two widely separated North American locations. Phenological information is also sometimes discussed, under the various commentaries along the right side of the web-page. Documentation of the RESTING POSTURES of the adult moths (and sometimes of their larvae), based on a terminology I devised over 20 years ago for use in the Australian geometrid study (1988: 235-248), is also included. A summary of the appears on p.243. It is equally applicable to the North American Macro-Lepidoptera.
Much of the introductory material under Backyards #1B and #7 was written specifically with beginners in mind, and the intention is to highlight certain topics that are (all-too-often) totally omitted from discussion in most of the textbooks and popular field-guides. All the rest of it (abundantly covered by other writers) will NOT be found repeated here!....
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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