A general search can be performed with the key word search box. Any word included in the lists and species pages texts can be entered. This includes species names, author’s names, plant names, etc. This displays the list of species containing that search term, plus the larval substrate and comment, if any. Clicking on any species name in the list will display the species page for that species. Right click and select ‘open link in new tab’ to keep the original page and open the new one in a separate tab.
The dropdown menus allow subsets of the Massachusetts list to be selected. Then clicking any county will display just those species reported from that county among that subset of species. This can be further combined with the ‘Status in MA’ box at the bottom.
Clicking ‘Clear Search’ at the bottom of the page will remove all the filters previously set.
Hint – Use quotation marks (“) to perform a two(or more)-word search, e.g. “White Oak”. Leaving the quotation marks away allows you to do an ‘or’ search, i.e. White or Oak. Also, for longer search strings it is best to write them first elsewhere and then copy and paste into the search box. This is because the search will start automatically when only a couple of words have been entered.