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BACKYARD 1 — BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
at 9601 Oak Pass Rd. (1938—1957)
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, in the E. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
Historical Macro-Moth Study (1953-1957)
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ABUNDANCE-RATINGS DEFINED
The abundance-ratings (A, B, C, or D) refine all of these records a bit further, by giving at least some indication regarding the relative abundance of each species at the study location. BY NO MEANS are these ratings ever intended to imply anything about the abundance of these moths anywhere else in southern California (or Arizona), or even just up the road half a mile! A species rated as rare ("C" or "D") at one place may, in fact, swarm by the hundreds at some other location, OR in another plant association. Most of the C or D-rated species are probably just "strays" from further inland, or to the north of these locations. The following symbol (§) indicates a species that was not seen at all in certain years; such species are usually referred to as "cyclic".

The 8 Categories

ABUNDANT in NUMBERS coming to uv. lights:
[A+] implies super-abundant here, or seen by the thousands most years.... (Note: Almost any sp. can fluctuate in numbers from year to year, some being far more "cyclic" or unpredictable in their annual flight-periods than others.)
[A] implies abundant here — seen by the hundreds in this loc. (most years, more than 100).

MODERATE in NUMBERS coming to uv. lights:
[B+] implies somewhat less than 100 (but more than 50) seen most years.
[B] implies falling somewhere in between common & rare (approx. 20 to less than 50 seen most years).
[B-] implies tending toward "C" (between approx. 10 to 20 individuals seen most years).

SCARCE in NUMBERS coming to uv. lights:
[C] implies less than 10 but more than 3 individuals seen most years.
[D] implies only 1 to 3 (max.) seen most years (in some years, none).
[D1] implies that only a single record has ever been taken for the entire duration of the study! In these (few) instances, the complete date is usually given following "D1" (i.e., 29 SEP. 83). These are typically "strays" from other nearby habitats, OR may be migratory Mexican species (some sphingids, some catocaline noctuids, etc.).
1A — Growing Up Wild in the ELFIN FOREST north of Beverly Hills (1938-1957)

Dedications

Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!

EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME

FIRES

- (A) Botanical Highlights

-- Historical Remarks on Oaks

-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!

-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)

-- Echos From the Past!

-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY

- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS

- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED

- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED

- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED

CONTACT INFORMATION

DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)

THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER


1B — BACKPORCH MOTH COLLECTION at 9601 Oak Pass Road (1953-1957)

A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE

ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT

BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION

About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road

BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE

ABUNDANCE-RATINGS DEFINED

The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES

HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION

FRANK SALA'S CORNER

FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER


1C — HABITAT PHOTOS Documenting the Surrounding Locality (1957-1964)

1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)

DIRT ROADS

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