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FIVE ACRES OF MOTHS (1979 - present)
This website is dedicated, with deepest admiration, to the memory of JEAN HENRI FABRE (1823-1915), undisputed King of all the (entomological) "Back-Yarders"! And here is a revealing quote:
"This is what I wished for - a bit of land, oh, not so very large, but fenced in, to avoid the drawbacks of a public way...." - J.H. Fabre, from The Passionate Observer.
One could speculate that Fabre's imagined "needs" were few indeed, or at the most, very simple... Disease-insurance? Fashionable clothes? "Image"? "Life-style"??? Never entered his head, I'm sure! (What! - No car, route-planner, day-planner, cell-phone, pager, voice-mail, answering machine, call-waiting, iPod, iPhone, FAX machine, computer, CD/DVD, e-mail, thumb-drive, blackberry, PDA, RFID, GPS, VCR, or television set??....How did he ever make it through the day without all that "multi-tasking"???!) Please note, also, that he reached the ripe old age of 92, without any "help" from medical or drug "research". One could further speculate that he was not suffering from any prescription-drug "deficiencies", and also that he was highly content with his lot. AND that his foods were simple, organic, and not genetically modified....To repeat, this was 1823-1915.
Five Acres of Moths
A long-term study documenting the occurrence of more than 900 macro-moth species on 5 acres in lower ASH CANYON (oak/manzanita woodland and grassland ecotone, at 5170 ft. elevation, 13 mi. S. of Sierra Vista).
What to Expect at this Site
SOME POSSIBLE (perhaps valid?) REASONS for visiting this "Backyard" website
About the Backyard Concept
Motivations: Why Publish This Material?
Summarizing How These Projects Evolved
What is Being Collected?
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
GLOSSARY & ABBREVIATIONS + SYMBOLS USED
Miscellaneous Tidbits Dept.
SUPERFAMILIES AND SUBFAMILIES
A FEW GENERIC SYNONYMS
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