References checked by Jim Taylor for likely occurrence of Lepidoptera in Georgia
The first source is the draft of John Heppner's Check List of the Lepidoptera of Florida. The list divides Florida into a number of zones, the first two of which are narrow strips along the panhandle of Florida. They are contiguous with south Georgia, and insects found there should logically occur in Georgia.
Next, Charlie Covell's Eastern Moths was combed for distributions which indicate a Georgia occurrence. The first source probably picked up most moths occurring in south and coastal Georgia; the Covell book should have added some which occur generally in Georgia.
Forbes' four volumes of Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States were scanned next on the same basis as Covell. I encountered an occasional difficulty here in matching the older Forbes material with Hodges= Moths of North America Checklist.
The several MONA fascicles in my possession were next used. These include Pyralidae (13.1a, 13.1b, 13.1c,13.2a, 13.2b), Sphingoidea (21), and Noctuidae (26.1 and 27.2).
The Southern Lepidopterists= (SOULEPS) Society NEWS (the State Coordinator section) for the last several years were next read for additions.
Lepidopterists= Society Zone Summaries for the last eight or so years were culled.
Lucien Harris' Butterflies of Georgia was next.
I next looked at my (Jim Taylor=s) collection. Most of my additions are listed in the other sources as occurring in, say, South Carolina, etc.
Next, I gave James Adams an early copy of this (I think about March, 1997), and he added many species to the list. He is, and has been for some years, State Coordinator for SOULEPS for Georgia, and many of the recent contributions attributed to the SOULEP NEWS are undoubtedly his.
Irving L. Finkelstein summarized the Georgia portion of his collection for me, some 600 entries. A few other individuals contributed some records here and there as well.
As to the range shown, the indicated range for each species GENERALLY comes from sources in the order the sources are listed. If, however, one looked more positive than an earlier one, I chose what I felt was the better. The range shown frequently does not include Georgia, which demonstrates how little we know about the little critters.