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


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ASH CANYON FIRE (2011)

re. BACKYARDS #'s 2-3-4

NOTICE REGARDING A SUDDEN "ALTERATION"
TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THIS WEBSITE:
On 14 June 2011, the "Monument Fire" (sweeping over an oak and manzanita dominated slope, in the SE. Huachuca Mts., Cochise Co., AZ) totally burned out everything on our 5 acres in lower Ash Canyon, 13 miles south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Luckily, most of the written material, for Backyards #'s 1, 5, 6, and 7, had already been scanned for this website (initial work on the website having been started in 2006).... Unfortunately, the moth specimen photos for B.Y. #7 were still on the "to-do list" when the fire arrived, putting an end to that idea in about 15 minutes, one summer afternoon in 2011.... Years of procrastination suddenly bore its "fruit". There were a few Ash Canyon specimens that had been photographed already (mostly in the Schinia and arctiid drawers), but photography of the other "macro" moth families had not even been tackled by 14 June 2011....
Scanning of color slides for Backyards #'s 2, 3, and 4 had not even been started by the day of the fire; thus, all of the relevant slides were lost in the fire. Many of these images documented the appearance of the habitats at the time that the various studies were being undertaken; this loss included all of the slides for Valyermo, CA; Lawrence, KS; Corvallis, OR. The K.U. Nat. Hist. Res. (Kansas) photos might have been of particular interest, as the "open" areas have mostly since reverted to forest, I have been told (pers. comm. from the Fitch family: 1990's). My Kansas photos documented a specific 3-year "window", extending from Sep. of 1958 to June of 1961 at the K.U.N.H.R. home and out-buildings, where I ran the lights.
Only the card-file data (for BY. #7) had been scanned in time to dodge the fire: This had been converted into the website "phenograms", for those spp. that had been fully identified up to that point. I did, however, also have an entire drawer of unidentified moth species (mostly noctuids), some of which were almost certainly new U.S. records: These were all lost in the fire, and there was no written data to document that any of these records ever existed.... Observations and collecting began in Ash Canyon in January of 1979, and continued until the date of the fire (32 years later).... Whatever we had transferred over to the website, up to the day of the fire, is all that you will find recorded here! Most of the (several thousand) slides of Ash Canyon larvae had never been scanned pre-fire. However, CSEI did take some digital images of larvae I was rearing while working on the website (2006-2011). The original Ash Canyon study is now terminated; a follow-up study in the same locality could be of great interest as the habitat slowly recovers....
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