Journal archives for February 2021

February 23, 2021

Moths of North America north of Mexico series now available digitally

The Moths of North America north of Mexico (MONA) series are an absolutely incredible resource for Lepidopterophiles - if you've ever seen one of the fascicles you'll know there is no better source of detailed information about our moth species.

Until now, the series was only available in hard copy and each issue was rather pricey - many $100+ and with over 30 fascicles to date (and growing!) it would cost a small fortune to acquire each, mostly putting it out of reach for many of us.

Well, wait no longer! The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation has made most available for free on their website:

http://www.wedgefoundation.org/publications_paypal.asp

Just click the "Free PDF" button next to the "Add to Cart" button to begin downloading each file. Note that many of the files are very large (the biggest is 500 mb and the whole set is about 6 gb) so you need a decent internet connection.

The colour plates suffer a bit in quality compared to the printed versions but otherwise the digital versions are a huge resource.

Posted on February 23, 2021 19:30 by mikeburrell mikeburrell | 4 comments | Leave a comment

February 04, 2021

New online checklist of the moths of Ontario

An online checklist of the 3,248 species of moths recorded in Ontario is now posted on the TEA website:
https://ontarioinsects.org/mothchecklist/

A key benefit of this checklist is that for every species, most of the online information about that species is provided in one place. Using the Luna Moth as an example, there is a link to its iNaturalist page (showing the number of records and a map), its BugGuide page, and its Moth Photographers Group page. The number of iNaturalist records as of the end of January (research-grade only) and the page number in the Peterson Field Guide are also shown.

The species table is fully searchable. For example, entering "2020" in the search box will display the 25 moths species first documented in Ontario in this past year.

The table is available for download, so anyone can change it to suit their own needs -- perhaps as a basis for keeping their own records of species seen.

An instructions page explains how to use the table:
https://ontarioinsects.org/mothchecklist/instructions.html

Another way to find it is to look at the menu bar on the left of every TEA page and click on "Moth Checklist" (click refresh on your browser if you don't see it).

The list of species has been provided by David Beadle, Mike King (@mhking) and Phill Holder, and is an update of the list included in their 2020 publication Ontario Moths: A Checklist (Hawk Owl Publishing, Newcastle, ON). That list, in turn, is an update of the Pohl et al. (2018) Ontario list. The computer work was done by Alan Macnaughton in collaboration with Chris Cheatle, Ross Dickson and Bev Edwards. A similar list maintained by Ken Sproule (@kens18) for the High Park Moth Study Group was the inspiration for this effort.
Please send comments, questions and suggestions for improvement to Dave Beadle (@dbeadle) and Alan Macnaughton (@amacnaughton).

Posted on February 04, 2021 20:14 by dkaposi dkaposi | 3 comments | Leave a comment