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Moths of Western North America$
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Jerry Powell and Philip Myers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251977

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251977.001.0001

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A History of Moth Collectors in Western North America

A History of Moth Collectors in Western North America

(p.23) A History of Moth Collectors in Western North America
Moths of Western North America

Jerry A. Powell

Paul A. Opler

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the history of moth collectors in western North America. The earliest moth collections in the West were made by Europeans who migrated to California following the discovery of gold there. P.J.M. Lorquin collected the first specimens of several endemic western moths, primarily Hepialidae, Sphingidae, and Saturniidae. The most important expedition to the Pacific Coast for Lepidoptera was made by Thomas de Grey in 1871–1872. He published the results of his expedition in 1879 with North American Tortricidae, and, in 1880, Pterophoridae of California and Oregon. Two important contributors to western moth-collection history in the late nineteenth century were D.W. Coquillett and Albert Koeble. Some of the moth collectors during the early twentieth century included C.P. Gillette, Harrison Dyar, and Tom Spalding.

Keywords:   moth collectors, P.J.M. Larquin, Thomas de Grey, North American Tortricidae, Pterophoridae of California, D.W. Coquillett, Albert Koeble, C.P. Gillette, Harrison Dyar, Tom Spalding

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