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These seven "backyards" describe the major moth and plant-related pursuits of my lifetime. Data, photos and writings on topics of importance to me are all included. Until recently, I was conducting a long-term (over 35 years) study of macro-moths and their life histories in Southeastern Arizona. A fire in spring of 2011 put that study on hiatus.
I have been undertaking backyard moth studies and native plant associations since the late 1940's, always focusing on the immediate locality where I lived at the time. My usual approach is just to "dive in", wherever I'm living, and begin to collect the local moth fauna flying around outside my door. Then I begin to study the many details of larval foodplants and life histories. Noel McFarland
Moths and Memories
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
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.