SEVEN BACKYARDS HOME NORTH AMERICA:   Santa Monica Mts.   Valyermo   Kansas   Oregon   Arizona   AUSTRALIA:  South Australia   Western Australia
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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Preface
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
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