The Lepidoptera of Southeastern Arizona

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Welcome! This is the master list of various Arizona and Northern Mexico websites on Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

This website is from the Arizona Lepidoptera Survey, based at the University of Arizona. Contact Bruce Walsh (email ) for details


We define SE Arizona as the counties of Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham, and Pinal .

  1. Map of SE Arizona Mountain Ranges
  2. Southeastern Arizona Mountain Ranges and Natural Habitats


  1. Common Butterflies of SE Arizona
  2. The Most Spectacular Moths of SE Arizona
  3. Common Caterpillars of SE Arizona

DETAILED WEBSITES -- full species list with most species figured.

  1. Butterflies of SE Arizona
  2. Moths of SE Arizona
  3. Butterflies of Northern Mexico and Sonora
  4. Sphingidae and Saturniidae of Sonora, Mexico


Non-commercial insect collecting is allowed in all national forests except where there are specific provisions against in (i.e., the default is that it is allowed). In SE Arizona, the only current such restriction I am aware of is the South Fork of Cave Creek on the eastern side of the Chirichahua Mts., which has been designated as a non-destructive sampling biological preserve. Collecting here DOES require a permit.


  1. Moths of Brown Canyon, Baboquivari Mountains in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Moths of Garden Canyon on Fort Huachuca, Huachuca Mountains
  3. Grand Canyon Lepidoptera monitoring study ( Neil Cobb of NAU

Useful links

  1. Bob Patterson's Western Moth Plates. Basically, field-guide style plates of many western moths.
  2. Global Lepidoptera Names Index . A spectacular resource from London's Natural History Museum. Enter a name, and an imagine of the extensive card catologues of items such as location of time, where figures can be found, etc. displayed for most of the worlds leps!
  3. Zoological Record
  4. HOSTS a database of the hostplants of the world's Lepidoptera. Another outstanding job from the fine folks at London's Natural History Museum.
  5. Nearctica North America Lepidoptera database. Basically, MONA on line.
  6. Link to the CFS Northern Forestry Centre Biodiversity site. which contains a downloadable file of the Checklist of Microlepidoptera of North America. Thanks to all the fine folks up in the great white north!
  7. Web Images of North American Moth Species from John Snyder at Furman University.
  8. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera
  9. Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands by Jeffrey C. Miller and Paul C. Hammond
  10. Opler's Moths of North America site
  11. The outstanding Moths Of Canada Website
  12. Todd Gilligan's outstanding Tortricid database

Collecting and Curation Techniques

Main website

Some highlights (far from a complete list)

  1. Tomas Mustelin's "Kitty litter" light trap -- an easy to make and very portable lack light trap for moth collecting.
  2. Cliff Ferris' light box for photographing spread material
  3. Tony Thomas's technique for Shadow-free moth (and butterfly) images
  4. Shoestring-Budget mercury vapor collecting lamp construction (from Joel Szymczyk, Las Cruces NM)
  5. BioQuip's new self-supporting collecting sheet
  6. Rapid drying of spread material
  7. Notes on Mercury Vapor Settups for Moth Collecting

A typical night at Pena Blanca, Santa Cruz County Arizona (18 July 2000). Photo by Howard Byrne.

Bruce Walsh. . Comments, correction and additions most welcome. To get to my home page .