The results of this study are summarized in the Checklist of
Lepidoptera Collected in Wayne County, Ohio, which begins on
page 21 of this publication. A total of 901 species of Lepidoptera
was recorded. This tremendous diversity of Lepidoptera reflects
the county's rich assembly of plant life that serves as hosts.
The checklist is arranged by family. The scientific name of the
family is centered and ends in -idae. The common names of
the families are taken from Heppner (1998). The common names of
the species are much preferred over the scientific names when
communicating with agricultural and lay groups. Common names for
the species have been used wherever possible, and a few obvious
ones have been coined.
For each species listed, the citation is as follows. The first
and second entries are shown in italics and represent the
genus and species. Following this, usually in parentheses, are the
name of the author of the species and the year in which the
species was described. The next number, in boldface, is the
checklist number. This is a number assigned to each species that
represents its taxonomic relationship to other Lepidoptera (Hodges
et al., 1983). The lower the checklist number (1) the more
primitive the species, and the higher the number (11177), the more
advanced the species is in regards to its place in the animal
For an example, see the sample listing in the box below.
The common name, if one has been assigned, is in capital
letters at the right margin. Next is the site where the specimen
was collected in Wayne County. The date(s) of collection appears
next, and following this item is the abbreviated name of the
collector and identifier, as indicated by "c" or "i."
Following this, in parentheses, is the number of specimens
collected and the stage collected.
The next entry is a listing of the host(s) of the larvae, the
seasonal flight behavior of the adults, and other pertinent
biological facts. Following this item is the status of
the species, whether abundant, common, locally common,
uncommon, or rare. The final entry indicates a new county record.
For the Noctuidae, this is based upon the Wayne County
distribution of the species treated in Rings et al. (1992) The
Owlet Moths of Ohio.
In this sample listing, the genus and the species are Pseudaletia
unipuncta. Haworth described the species in 1809, but the
genus was originally described under a different name. The number
from Checklist of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico
(MONA) is 10438. The common name is ARMYWORM. The first
moth was caught at Brown's Lake Bog on 15 April 1997 and the last
moth was caught on 9 August 1997. The collector was Lorraine F.
Rings, and the identifier was Roy W. Rings. Next, a total of
78 adults was collected during the collecting period. Following
this is a description of the food plants and finally the status
"Abundant" is given. As used here, "Abundant"
describes the status of the insect in northeastern Ohio, including