A History of Moth Collectors in Western North America

Jerry A. Powell and Paul A. Opler

in Moths of Western North America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520251977
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943773 | DOI:
A History of Moth Collectors in Western North America

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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

Chapter.  8615 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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