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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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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). 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.
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