“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  W. B. Yeats

Welcome. My name is Ron Parry. I am a retired biochemist with a passion for natural history.  I was born and raised in the Southwestern US.  Since retirement I have begun to explore the rich Lepidopteran fauna of this area, with a focus on moths of the Gila bioregion.  The purpose of this website is to help other folks who wish to do the same.  A familiarity with our native fauna and flora not only enriches our lives, it also creates what Utah writer Ellen Meloy called a “deep map of place.” That deep map should motivate us to stop the destruction of wild Nature in North America, including E. O. Wilson’s “little things that run the world.”
Pictures of additional moth species will be added periodically. Clicking on the individual pictures provides more detailed information about each species.  The species are displayed numerically by their Hodges number. Most of the specimens were collected at my 10-acre home site along Diamond A Dr. in the Big Burro mountains of the Gila National Forest. Unless otherwise noted, all specimens were collected using a Hg vapor lamp or a UV light. Available data about the larval food plants (LFP) of each species will be added over time. For a visual guide to the vascular plants of the Gila National Forest, I recommend the outstanding website located at: http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/nspages/gilaflora/ A word of caution: I am not a professional entomologist, so errors in identification are possible.  If you have additional information, wish to correct an error, or want to contact me, please send an e-mail to parry@rice.edu

This site was last updated on: 02/04/2018