About the Data
Information about the California County Moth List, 23, 600 entry level.
This database has been compiled by Kelly Richers since 1996 as a resource to
better survey and understand California moths. Data has been taken from a variety of sources,
including published references and collections. Sources
of data are listed here.
Abbreviations in the data
are listed here.
In any list of this length and breadth, differences of opinion may arise with regard to validity of identification. Since no
one can hope to identify all moths with any semblance of accuracy, researchers are reminded that this list is a starting
point for research, not the culmination of anything. Hopefully, those pursuing an individual range of information can use
this to validate or check their findings. The author is not attempting to reinforce anyone's opinions as to any
A reminder of the order of the information in the list:
MONA number, genus, species, sex, location, elevation, county,
state, date of collecting, collector, notes, location of specimen,
describer of species, identifier of specimen.
Questions about the California Moth Database can be directed to
About the Online Database
The database was hosted for many years by Felix Sperling
of the University of Alberta and can be found
Code for this database was written and implemented at UC Berkeley by Tobin Fricke
during 1998-99 as part of a URAP project supervised by Felix Sperling. The
site was modified and implemented by Lorne LeClair at the University of
Alberta during 2000-2003. Felix Sperling coordinated the
construction of the web version of the database during 1998-2003.
In September 2003, the California moth database was migrated to the Berkeley Digital Library Project server.
The current version uses libraries and scripts developed by the DLP for other online collections such as
CalPhotos and AmphibiaWeb. It is now
hosted by the BSCIT gorup in the
UC Berkeley Natural History Museums.