IMAGES: Fly by Night

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Science  15 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5562, pp. 1979
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5562.1979d

Visitors to the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas might glimpse a handsome zephyr-eyed silk moth hunting for a willow on which to lay her eggs. Moths of North America holds a rich vein of information on the distinguishing marks, life history, and conservation status of these nocturnal insects. Entomologist Paul Opler of the U.S. Geological Survey curates the still-growing guide and helps run a parallel site on butterflies (Science, 16 March 2001, p. 2053). Among the handy moth resources are county-by-county range maps, species checklists for the lower 48 states of the United States, and distribution data for northern Mexico. Having trouble identifying a specimen? Illustrated accounts profile more than 100 common species and can help you pin down the name of your catch.

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