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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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Backyard # 1 -- The entire collection was donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History (Exposition Park), in the early 1970's. [Specimen dates: 1952-1957]

Backyard # 2 -- Some specimens went to the Wm. Bauer & Steve Buckett collections (then of Petaluma, CA) and to Carl Kirkwood, geometrid specialist (then of Summerland, CA); others went to the L.A. County Museum. [1957-1964]

Backyard # 3 -- Some of the specimens went to the L.A. County Museum, and others went to the entomological collection in Snow Hall at K.U. (Lawrence, KS). [1958-1961]

Backyard # 4 -- Some specimens went to Bauer & Buckett (in return for help with determinations), and some went to Carl Kirkwood (in exchange for determinations -- certain geometrids only). Others stayed in the insect collections at O.S.U., Corvallis (Cordley Hall, c/- J.D. Lattin). [1961-1963]

Backyard # 5 -- Most of the specimens, and all of the original handwritten notes, remained in the S.A. Museum of Natural History, ADELAIDE, South Australia; a few moth specimens were donated to other institutions, in connection with identification efforts (primarily to Steve Fletcher at the B.M.N.H., London, and/or to Ian Common at the A.N.I.C., Canberra). [1965-1971]

Backyard # 6 -- Some of the insect specimens went into the collection at the W.A. Dept. of Agric. (then of Jarrah Rd., South Perth, W. AUST.) and others went to the A.N.I.C., Canberra. Hundreds of pressed plant specimens (mostly from the Howatharra Gap locality, NE. of Geraldton) were donated to the W.A. Herbarium in PERTH. [1968-1978] Luckily, the best of the Howatharra botanical color images (35-mm. slides) had been scanned pre-fire, but all of the originals were subsequently lost in the fire, as were all of the black-and-white photographs that were used for illustrating the South Australian geometrid book (McFarland, 1988).

Backyard # 7 -- Pre-fire: Many moth and beetle specimens (in the 1980's) went to the San Diego Museum of Nat. Hist., CA (c/- D. Faulkner & J. Brown); thousands of others were collected on our 5 acres by numerous visiting collectors (from various institutions) over a 32-year period [1979-2011]. Predominant among these were Ron H. Leuschner (CA), D.C. Ferguson (Smithsonian Inst.), the Canadian National Coll. (Ottawa), C.D. Ferris (Laramie, WY). The extensive Leuschner Collection is now housed in the McGuire Center (FL). Over the years, Ron probably collected multiple representative specimens of most of the 900++ "macro" moth species that were encountered on our 5-acre parcel in lower Ash Canyon (elev. 5,100-5,200 feet). Ferris specimens from Ash Cyn., stating an elevation of "5,170 feet", came specifically from our 5 acres, unless otherwise indicated on the locality-label. Our "official" street address at the Ash Cyn. location was "5354 E. Ash Canyon Rd." (SW. Cochise County in SE. ARIZONA), situated one-half mile W. of State Highway 92.
Seven Backyards



Moths and Memories


Where Are the Specimens Now?


Background and Introduction


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


Miscellaneous Tidbits Dept.