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New Noctuidae Fascicle, 25.4
Pantheinae, Raphiinae,
Balsinae, Acronictinae
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Introductory Price $100 (Until March 15, 2020)

New Notodontidae Fascicle, 22.1A
Pygaerinae, Notodontinae, Cerurinae, Phalerinae, Periergosinae, Dudusinae, Hemiceratinae
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New Pelochrista Fascicle, 9.5
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New Eucosma Fascicle, 9.4
Order from Wedge  $90

Pohl, et al., New Canada and Alaska Checklist
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Beautiful Collection of Moths from Latin America by Renowned Photographer Emmet Gowin
Order from Princeton University Press  $49.95

Moths, Myths, and Mosquitoes
The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.
Marc E. Epstein

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Wagner, et al., on Larvae
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New Peterson Field Guide
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Fantastik Fotos!
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  General Coverage Books on Moths
Covell, Jr., Charles V. A Field Guide to Moths: of Eastern North America
The "must have" bible of mothing for Eastern North America.
2005, Spec. Pub. 12
VA Mus. Nat. Hist.
$44.00 [order]
Handfield, Louis Les Papillons du Qu»bec
Don't let the French title or text put you off. The plates are fantastic. Everyone in the Northeastern quarter of the USA or Eastern Canada needs this book.
Broucherville, QB
Broquet, 2011
$38.50 [Amazon]
Mitchell, Robert T.
Zim, Herbert S.
Butterflies and Moths: A Guide to the More Common American Species.
Entry level field Golden Guide that can be surprisingly useful at times.

St. Martin's Press
2001, 1-582-381364
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler Moths of Western North America
A Superb Western Guide to Moths
University of California Press, 2009, $99.95
Book Review & Ordering
Opler, Paul A. Butterflies and Moths: Peterson First Guides series.
Entry level.
Houghton Mifflin
1993, 0-395-90665-2
$5.95, [amazon]
  Technical Publications
The MONA publication series (more properly The Moths of America North of Mexico) may be ordered by mail/check credit card or PayPal from the Wedge Entomological Research Foundation or BioQuip.
Hodges, R.W., et al. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico.
This is where those Hodges Numbers come from. Although replaced with a new Phylogenetic Sequence numbering system, we continue to use the Hodges system for crossreferencing. "Hodges Numbers" do not alter with taxonomic changes. The new Phylogenetic Sequence numbering system, first debuted in the Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) Noctuoidea checklist and later extended to all Lepidoptera in the Pohl et al. (2016) NA checklist, is regularly updated to reflect current taxonomy.
1983, $28.00
BioQuip 9600
Eichlin, Thomas D.
Duckworth, Donald W.
MONA Fascicle 5.1. -- Sesiidae. 1988, $65.00
BioQuip 9651
Hodges, R.W. MONA Fascicle 6.1. -- Gelechioidea: Cosmpoterigidae. 1978, $49.00
BioQuip 9601
Hodges, R.W. MONA Fascicle 6.2. -- Gelechioidea: Oecophoridae. 1974, $59.00
BioQuip 9601
Hodges, R.W. MONA Fascicle 7.1. -- Gelechioidea, Gelechiidae (Part). 1986, $70.00
BioQuip 9604
Hodges, R.W. MONA Fascicle 7.6. -- Gelechioidea, Gelechiidae (Part). 1999, $115.00
BioQuip 4074
Powell, J.A.
J.W. Brown
MONA Fascicle 8.1. -- Sparganothini + Atteriini. 2012, $70.00
BioQuip 9305
Wright, D.J.
T.M. Gilligan
MONA Fascicle 9.4. -- Eucosma Hübner of the Contiguous United States and Canada. 2015, $90.00
BioQuip 9448
Wright, D.J.
T.M. Gilligan
MONA Fascicle 9.5. -- Pelochrista Lederer of the Contiguous United States and
2017, $90.00
BioQuip 3739
Munroe, E.G. MONA Fascicle 13.1A -- Pyralidae: Scopariinae, Nymphulinae, text only, no plates.
MONA Fascicle 13.1B -- Pyralidae: Odontiinae, Glaphryiinae, text only, no plates.
1972, $44.00
Set of 2 Vols.
BioQuip 9610
Munroe, E.G. MONA Fascicle 13.2A -- Pyralidae: Pyraustinae, Pyraustini (Part). 1976, $38.00
BioQuip 9613
Munroe, E.G. MONA Fascicle 13.2B -- Pyralidae: Pyraustinae, Pyraustini (Part). 1976, $38.00
BioQuip 9614
Neunzig, H.H. MONA Fascicle 15.2. -- Pyralidae: Phycitinae (Part). 1986, $45.00
BioQuip 9616
Neunzig, H.H. MONA Fascicle 15.3. -- Pyralidae: Phycitinae (Part). 1990, $60.00
BioQuip 3565
Neunzig, H.H. MONA Fascicle 15.4. -- Pyralidae: Phycitinae (Part). 1997, $55.00
BioQuip 9617
Neunzig, H.H. MONA Fascicle 15.5. -- Pyralidae: Phycitinae (Part). 2003, $115.00
BioQuip 9683
Ferguson, D.C. MONA Fascicle 17.2. -- Geometroidea: Geometridae (Part). 2008, $115.00
BioQuip 9603
Ferguson, D.C. MONA Fascicle 18.1. -- Geometroidea: Geometridae (Part). 1985, $55.00
BioQuip 9618
Franclemont, J.G. MONA Fascicle 20.1. -- Mimallonidae, Apatelodidae, Bombycidae, Lasiocampidae. 1973, $33.00
BioQuip 9620
Ferguson, D.C. MONA Fascicle 20.2A -- Saturniidae: Citheroniinae, Hemileucinae (Part). 1971, $38.00
BioQuip 9621
Ferguson, D.C. MONA Fascicle 20.2B -- Saturniidae: Hemileucinae (Part), Saturniinae. 1972, $38.00
BioQuip 9622
Hodges, R.W. MONA Fascicle 21. -- Sphingidae. 1971, $50.00
BioQuip 9630
Miller, J.S., et al. MONA Fascicle 22.1A. -- Doidae, Notodontidae (Part). 2018, $95.00
BioQuip 4012
Ferguson, D.C. MONA Fascicle 22.2. -- Lymantriidae. 1978, $48.00
BioQuip 9640
Lafontaine, J.D.
R.W. Poole
MONA Fascicle 25.1. -- Noctuidae: Plusiinae. 1991, $70.00
BioQuip 9607
Schmidt, B.C.
G.C. Anweiler
MONA Fascicle 25.4. -- Noctuidae (Part): Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae 2020, $115.00
Introductory Price $100
(Until March 15, 2020)

Poole, R.W. MONA Fascicle 26.1. -- Noctuidae: Cuculliinae, Stiriinae, Psaphidinae (Part). 1995, $70.00
BioQuip 3418
Mikkola, et al. MONA Fascicle 26.9. -- Noctuidae: Apameini. 2009, $80.00
BioQuip 9611
Lafontaine, J.D. MONA Fascicle 27.1. -- Noctuidae: Agrotini. 2004, $115.00
BioQuip 4025
Lafontaine, J.D. MONA Fascicle 27.2. -- Noctuidae: Euxoa. 1987, $75.00
BioQuip 9660
Lafontaine, J.D. MONA Fascicle 27.3. -- Noctuidae: Noctuini. 1998, $115.00
BioQuip 3676

  Treatments of Specific Moth Families
Chapman, P.J.
Lienk, S.E.
Flight Periods of Adults of Cutworms, Armyworms, Loopers and others (family Noctuidae) injurious to vegetable and field crops.
Agriculture #14. New York State Agriculture Experiment Station, Geneva.
1981, $1.00
3 plates, ~ 100 spp.
website and phone
Chapman, P.J.
Lienk, S.E.
Tortricid Fauna of Apple in New York

1971, $10.00
Details to come
website and phone
Gilligan, Todd M.
Wright, Donald J.
Gibson, Loran D.
Olethreutine Moths of the Midwestern United States
An Identification Guide

Ohio Biological Survey
2008, 0-86727-160-7
$75.00 [BioQuip]
McCabe, T.L. A Reclassification of the Polia Complex for North America.
Bulletin 432, New York State Museum, Albany
1980, $8.00, 210 figs.
NYSM website
Grehan, J. R.,
Sabourin, M.,
Hanson, P. M.
Maple Feeding Tortricidae of the Northeastern United States
Guide to Identification of Adults.
[out of print]
1995, VT Agricultural
Experiment Station
University of Vermont
Rockburne, Eric W.
Lafontaine, J. Donald
The Cutworm Moths of Ontario and Quebec

Agriculture Canada
1976, 0-660-00514-X
Rings, Roy W. et al. The Owlet Moths of Ohio
The plates are among the best ever printed.
Ohio State Univ.
1992, 0-86726-110-8
$30.00, BioQuip
Sargent, Theodore D. Legion of the Night: The Underwing Moths.
[out of print, but available on a CD]
Univ. of. Mass. Press
1976, Get it on CD
Taft, William H.
Smitley, Dave
Snow, J. Wendell
A Guide to the Clearwing Borers (Sesiidae) of the North Central United States
North Central Regional Publication No. 394, Updated March 2004

Mich. St. Univ. Ext.
2004, 32 pp.
$13.50 [mail or phone]
Tuskes, Paul M.
Tuttle, James P.
Collins, Michael M.
The Wild Silk Moths of North America
A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada

Cornell Univ. Press
1996, 0-8014-313-01
$85.00 [amazon]
Tuttle, James P. The Hawk Moths of North America
A Natural History Study of the Sphingidae of the United States and Canada

Wedge Foundation
2007, 0-9796-633-07
$90.00 [BioQuip] 9522

  Online Journals and Research Reports

  Biology of Lepidoptera
Young, Mark The Natural History of Moths
Excellent account of moth biology and ecology. Examples from Britain and Europe.

T. & D. Poyser Ltd.
1996, 0-856-61103-4
$70.95, [amazon]
$63.00, BioQuip 3567

  Popular Accounts of Moths and Mothing
Collins, Michael M. Moth Catcher: An Evolutionists' Journey Through Canyon and Pass.
This is a delightful and easy read. Collins found a hybrid zone where the process of evolution in wild silk moths can be observed and studied. He writes with the same passion with which he followed and worked with these moths.
Univ. Nevada Press
2007   0-87417-735-0
See The Book  $18.95
Himmelman, John Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard.
Anyone who photographs, collects, or just observes moths needs to read this fine book. Himmelman takes you through the mothing year in his CT yard. His excitement is palpable. His recipe for moth bait works! His artistic talent adds to the fun of reading.
Down East Books
2002   0-89272-528-1
See The Book  $18.95
Hooper, J. Of Moths and Men: Intrigue, Tragedy and the Peppered Moth.
Reads like a novel but is non-fiction; described as "A riotous story of ambition and deceit". Essential read for anyone interested in Industrial Melanism.
W.W. Norton
2003, 0-393-32525-3
$15.95 [amazon]
Porter-Stratton, Gene Moths of the Limberlost You might find the original book available through interlibrary loan. The reprint does not contain the hand-colored engravings. This is a wonderful tale of early 1900s mothing in Indiana by a woman who reared larva and made numerous discoveries. A much higher priced hardcover reprint also lacks the old illustrations.

Kessinger Publishing
2003, 1-419-13540-6
$19.95 [amazon]

  Popular Works in Entomology (including at least some moths)
Berenbaum, May R. Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs
If you have never read May Berenbaum you have missed one of the finer things in life. She's lucid, witty and cute! And she knows a good pun when she sees one.
Helix Booka
1995, 0-201-40824-4
$20.00 [amazon]
Berenbaum, May R. Buzzwords: A Scientist Muses on Sex, Bugs, and Rock 'N' Roll

Joseph Henry Press
2000, 0-309-06835-0
$14.95 [amazon]
Berenbaum, May R. Ninety-Nine Gnats, Nits, and Nibblers

Univ. Illinois Press
1989, 0-252-06027-X
$18.95 [amazon]
Berenbaum, May R. Ninety-Nine More Maggots, Mites, and Munchers

Univ. Illinois Press
1993, 0-252-06322-8
$18.95 [amazon]
Eisner, Thomas For Love of Insects
Masterfully written by an eminent scientist, it is easy reading for anyone who loves detective stories about insects, and the mysteries of their chemistry and biology.

Belknap Press
2003, 0-674-01181-3
$29.95, [amazon]
  Free Publications

USDA, Forest Service publications may be ordered by phoning Ms. Jane McComb at the Durham, New Hampshire field office. She might also be able to assist in obtaining publications by other U.S. Federal Agencies. (603) 868-7694.

Maier, Chris T., et al. Caterpillars on the Foliage of Conifers in the Northeastern United States.

2004, USDA
Forest Service
Miller, Jeffrey C. Caterpillars of Pacific Northwest Forests and Woodlands.
Many of the species are found also in Eastern North America.
1995, USDA
Forest Service
Miller, Jeffrey C.
Hammond, Paul C.
Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: Caterpillars and Adults.
Many of the species are found also in Eastern North America.

2003, USDA
Forest Service
Miller, William E. Guide to the Olethreutine Moths of Midland North America (Tortricidae)
Blank-and-white half-specimen photographs of ~ 285 species.
1987, USDA
Forest Service
Agric. Handbk. 660
Wagner, David, et al. Geometroid Caterpillars of Northeastern and Appalachian Forests
Contains excellent photos of adult moths as well as larvae.
2001, USDA
Forest Service
Wagner, David, et al. Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

1997, USDA
Forest Service

Wagner, David L. Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History.
Covers nearly 700 species of butterflies and moths found east of the Mississippi River.

Princeton Univ. Press
2005, 0-691-12144-3
$20.95, [amazon]
Wright, Amy Bartlett Caterpillars: Peterson First Guides series.
Entry level, covers 120 moth and butterfly larvae.

Houghton Mifflin
1993, 0-395-91184-2
$5.95, [amazon]

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