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Seven Backyards
Moths...Moths...Moths...and their Habitats...and other stuff....
Several Long-Term Backyard
Studies in the U.S. and Australia


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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.
Seven Backyards

Preface

OVERVIEW

Moths and Memories

Dedication

Where Are the Specimens Now?

ASH CANYON FIRE (2011)


Background and Introduction

Elfin Forests, Worldwide: MAQUIS / FYNBOS / KWONGAN / MATORRAL / CHAPARRAL

About The Backyard Concept

Motivations: Why Publish This Material?

Summarizing How These Projects Evolved

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

Miscellaneous Tidbits Dept.

PHOTO CREDITS