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Tom Murray's Moths (Mainly Massachusetts)

Iíve always been interested in nature ever since I was a kid. My main interest at first was herps and later, seeing interesting birds coming to my feeders got me started as a birder. By day Iím a road sales rep, and I can usually find a nice trail to walk during my ďlunch breakĒ.

In 2001 I got my first digital camera, and that was when I started looking for and photographing butterflies and dragonflies. It wasnít long before I was taking pictures of all kinds of insects, some of which were moths attracted to my porch light. Bob Patterson noticed my website with quite a few unidentified moth photographs and he identified many of them. That was all the encouragement I needed. Iíve become very passionate about photographing every species of insect I can find, and post them on BugGuide to get them identified.

The cameras I use are a Canon 20D and 40D, with Canon 100mm macro and 65 mm macro lenses, with the MT-24EX twin light ring flash. Most moths are photographed where they land on the house under the light, and a few I catch in a vial and photograph them after a little chilling in the fridge.

The yard around the house has a wide variety of native and garden flowers, grasses, plants, bushes, and trees. A hundred yards behind the house is a wetland. Iím fortunate to have great habitat for a good diversity of insects. It seems like thereís always something new showing up.

All photographs © by Tom Murray

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 - 6425  :  Geometridae
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  • 6426 - 6844  :  Geometridae
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  • 6855 - 7181  :  Geometridae
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  • 7182 - 7648  :  Geometridae
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  • 7649 - 8032  :  Epiblemidae through Notodontidae
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  • 8033 - 8321  :  Arctiidae through Lymantriidae
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  • 8322 - 9198  :  Noctuidae
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  • 9199 - 10264 : Noctuidae
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  • 10265-11233 : Noctuidae




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