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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands


The following individuals have provided their expertise in identifying Lepidoptera reared from field-collected caterpillars and collected as adults during parts of our ongoing research projects regarding moths of the Northwest: Doug Ferguson, Don Lafontaine, Paul Opler, Jon Shepard, Jim Troubridge, and Lars Crabo. The following individuals have helped collect moths and rear caterpillars: Gary Parsons, Dana Ross, Pete Oboyski, Mike LaMana, Carolyn ver Linden, Joshua Miller, Jacob Miller, Kimberly Miller, Jean Miller, Norm Anderson, Jack Lattin, Maret Pajute, and Rich Bowden. The photographs were taken by Jeff Miller. The authors, Dana Ross, and Bill Heyborne spread most of the moths used for the photographs. A majority of the specimens reside in the macromoth collection of Jeff Miller with the remainder located in the insect collection at Oregon State University.

We built our knowledge about the macromoths of the Pacific Northwest from the legacy of past collectors. The most notable contributors to information about species lists, distributions, and flight periods were Stanley G. Jewett, Jr., C. William Nelson, James H. Baker, Elmer L. Griepentrog, Victor B. McHenry, Kenneth J. Goeden, and Ernst Dornfeld. The extensive collecting efforts by these individuals created a foundation for our work. In particular, Jack D. Lattin, in his role as a Professor of Entomology and Director of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory at Oregon State University, provided continuous encouragement and support for our studies over the last decade and a half.

Over many years and many projects partial funding for the various research studies in the forests of the Northwest has been provided to us by Oregon State University, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Willamette Institute for Biological Control, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) program for Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) DEB-80-12122 and DEB-96-32921.

The preparation of this manuscript was completed with help from Gary Parsons and Dana Ross. Individuals with USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, Newtown Square, PA, deserve special thanks: Roberta Burzynski for her very helpful editing, and Wendy Harding for layout and graphic design. A very special thank you to Jean Miller for spending many hours on field trips and helping critique photographs. This book would not have been produced without the encouragement and support of Ruth Jacobs, USGS; Betsy Littlefield, Cooperative Forest Ecosystem Research (CFER) program; and Richard Reardon, USDA Forest Service.

This report was published by the USDA Forest Service's Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, Morgantown, West Virginia, with support from the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, Oregon, and the CFER program, Corvallis, Oregon.

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