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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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AN OVERVIEW OF ALL LOCALITIES
& RELEVANT DATES AT THIS WEBSITE
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1. BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA,
in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains (1938–1957)

1A.  – Growing Up Wild in the ELFIN FOREST north of Beverly Hills (1938–1957)

1B.  – BACKPORCH MOTH COLLECTION at 9601 Oak Pass Rd. (1953–1957)

  • 1964 PAPER on collecting, rearing and preserving the larvae of "macrolepidoptera", J. Lep. Soc. (pdf)

  • 1965 PAPER on the "Back Porch Moth Collection", which became a high school Science Fair project in 1957 (University High, W. Los Angeles), J. Res. Lep.
    The local moths, pp. 43-65 (pdf) & pp. 66-74 (pdf)

  • 1968  PAPER on the original flora of Oak Pass Rd. and vicinity, Lasca Leaves
    The local native flora, pp. 1-11 (pdf) & pp. 12-18 (pdf)

  • 1C.HABITAT PHOTOS of the above locality (1950's and earlier)

  • FRANK P. SALA's Corner:   Color photos of related larvae & pupae from a nearby location

  • FRANK HOVORE's Corner:   Nine insightful and empowering short essays for those who care about the fate of the natural world
  • 2.   VALYERMO, northern LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (1957–1964)

    Another Elfin Forest at the Desert's Edge in the San Gabriel Mountains

  • Color slides of our former 140-acre parcel in this HABITAT, as it was in the late 1950s – early 1960s
    (scenes around White Cliff Ranch, near the Devil's Punchbowl State Park, about two miles southwest of Valyermo).
  • 3.   LAWRENCE, DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS (1958–1961)

    Eastern Deciduous Woodlands Meet the Prairie (at the K.U.N.H.R.)

  • A 3–year survey of the spring MACRO-MOTHS (March – May) occurring on the Kansas University Natural History Reservation, 7 miles NE. of Lawrence (an oak–hickory woodland/grassland ecosystem)
  • 4.   CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON (Sep. 1961–May 1963)

    Cool Forest Interlude

  • An intensive 18–month study (Sep. – May only) of the MACRO-MOTHS occurring in McDonald Forest, including various life history observations from captive rearings — became my M. Sc. Thesis at OSU, 1963 (unpublished).

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    5A. ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (1965–1971)

    Geometrids Beyond Belief!

  • Documenting 7 years of rearing MOTHS at BLACKWOOD, in the Mt. Lofty Range south of Adelaide; see McFarland, 1979 & 1988. The latter is a 400–page book with 1400 photos, entirely featuring the Family GEOMETRIDAE in southern South Australia.

  • 5B. SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GIANT NEUROPTERAN:

  • Extensive notes on a stilbopterygid life history (Aeropteryx linearis) from the south side of Lake Eyre North

  • 6A. GERALDTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1972–1978)

    Two in-depth entomological studies:

  • Field notes on the life history & phenology of the endemic W. AUSTRALIAN bombycoid moth, Carthaea saturnioides (in the Esperance–Ravensthorpe district, and near Geraldton)

  • Field notes (4 years) on the phenology & adult behavior of a Chasmoptera sp. (Ord. NEUROPTERA: Fam. NEMOPTERIDAE), in a coastal sand dune habitat, 7 miles north of Geraldton, at Drummonds Cove

  • 6B. DRUMMONDS COVE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1973–1977)

    Sidetracked by the Stapeliads! – (Huernia spp. & kin)

  • Lists documenting the plant species of two extensive imports (into W.A) of AFRICAN SUCCULENT STAPELIADS, from the D.C.H. Plowes Collection (then of Umtali, Rhodesia)

  • 6C.   NE. of GERALDTON,  WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1971–1978)

    The Elfin Forest Regained

  • HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE booklet (1977) — a 32–page intro. to the flora and fauna   (pdf)
  • HABITAT PHOTOS & GALLERY depicting the FLORA of HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE
  • PLANT SPECIES LIST and SPREADSHEET of the HOWATHARRA HILL RESERVE FLORA
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    Recent (1979–2011)
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    7. HEREFORD, SW. COCHISE COUNTY, in SE. ARIZONA (1979–2011)

    Five Acres of Moths

  • A long-term study documenting the occurrence of more than 900 MACRO-MOTH species, on a single 5-acre parcel, in the Oak Woodland/Manzanita habitat of lower Ash Canyon, in the SE. HUACHUCA MTS.

  • ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT
  • 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