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Arlene Ripley's Moths of Southeastern Arizona (and Maryland)
All Photographs Arlene Ripley


My interest in moths and moth photography began in Maryland around 2005 when I noticed how many moths were attracted to our porch lights at night. Already a bird, butterfly and insect photographer by day, it was inevitable that I'd start noticing the photo opportunites available at night. In previous years I had always siezed upon the opportunity to photograph moth caterpillars by day. I've also attemped to raise a few moths to capture their life cycles but have just scratched the surface in this area.

Inspired by helpful books such as "Discovering Moths" by John Himmelman and David Wagner's "Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History", I began my journey into moths. But, if it were not for the help and guidance from Bob Patterson of Bowie, MD and webmaster of this tremendous site, I'd have never gotten this far.

My interests include all the natural sciences especially birds, insects and plants. I've taken many photos over the years but with the advent of digital photography my life has changed nature photography has now become my passion! What better way to share with others the beauty and intricacy of the natural world. My training includes degrees in biological science, medical technology, and graduate studies in botany. II've been a volunteer naturalist at several nature centers in Maryland, vollunteered as a land monitor for The Nature Conservancy and have participated in many birding studies. When I'm not out taking photos, I enjoy working on my website, The Nest Box, which I created in 1996. In 2007, I created my blog, The Curious Naturalist. We now live in the foothills of the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County, Arizona and look forward to all the adventures and experiences offered in such a biologically diverse part of the U.S.A.

The Collection

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    • 0001 - 2700  :  Micromoths
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    • 2701 - 4702  :  Tortricidae through Limacodidae
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    • 4703 - 6255  :  Crambidae through Drepanidae
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    • 6256 - 7648  :  Geometridae
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    • 7649 - 8321  :  Epiplemidae - Lymantriidae
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    • 8322-11233  :  Noctuidae




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