“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W. B. Yeats
“Human knowledge shall be erased from the archives of the world before we possess the last word that the gnat has to say to us.” Jean-Henri Fabre
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 “the little things that run the world” (E. O. Wilson). Recent studies (CA Hallman et al., 2017; BC Lister, A. Garcia, 2018) indicate that arthropod populations in both temperate and tropical regions are undergoing drastic collapse, with dire consequences for the animals that feed upon them. An excellent series of articles on this crisis is available at Mongabay (https://news.mongabay.com/). It seems clear that the time for action, including more in-depth studies of arthropods, is NOW!
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 home site at 5900 ft 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. Information about the larval food plants (LFP) used by each species is provided when it is available. Addition of GPS coordinates for each specimen is in progress. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This site was last updated on: 10/19/2019