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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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OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE "MACRO-MOTH" FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES
BEVERLY HILLS VERSUS MALIBU (1+2), SANTA BARBARA (3+4), AND MIRAMAR (5+6)

These comparison-sets are drawn from 3 other survey-lists that I have before me — one published (on Miramar by Brown & Bash, 2000), and the other two by S.& P. Russell (on Malibu/Santa Barbara) not yet published....I am comparing my BEVERLY HILLS LIST (from 9601 Oak Pass Rd.) both ways, against each one of these other 3 coastal locations, in sets of two (see lists 1+2, 3+4 and 5+6, below). Some really interesting differences (and similarities) materialize, when these paired lists are closely studied. Hence the decision to include them here, for whatever they may be worth.... List # 7 (below) names the 35 spp. that turned out to be unique to the 9601 Oak Pass Rd. locality (B.H.) these moths were NOT found at any of the other 3 COASTAL survey locations named above.

Also included below (List #8) is a one-way comparison with a more inland moth fauna at PINYON CREST, as documented by R.H. Leuschner over the last 4 decades (about 1965 - 2008), around his cabin in the mountains above Palm Springs (elev. 4,200 ft.). By “one-way” mean just the single list, showing which (relatively few) of the Pinyon Crest macro-moths were also found in the Beverly Hills fauna of 1953-57.

WARNING(!)—Each of the above sets of paired lists could contain a few errors of nomenclature, or some unrecognized duplications, at the species-level, particularly in cases where closely related or “look-alike” spp. (often difficult to separate) are involved.  Southern Californian moths potentially in this category may include some members from any of the following genera:

*** Fam. GEOMETRIDAE —
Anacamptodes, Drepanulatrix, Eupithecia, Glaucina, Hesperumia, Hulstina, Hydriomena Idaea, Nasusina, Pterotaea, Semiothisa, Sericosema, Stamnoctenis, Stamnodes, Synaxis.

*** Fam. NOCTUIDAE —
Abagrotis,   Acronicta,   Aseptis, Catocala, Conochares, Cucullia, Euxoa, Lacinipolia, Lepipolys, Leucania, Orthodes, Orthosia, Rancora.

*** ALL OTHER “Macro” Fam's. combined (misc.) —
Cisthene, Furcula, Meganola, Orgyia, Sphinx, Tolype


In coastal southern California, species in ALL of the above-listed “macro” genera should always be carefully scrutinized for possible synonyms, or subtle errors of identification! Note also, that many of the generic (genus) names correctly applied 50 or more years ago, and drawn primarily from our only “bible” back then (the 1938 McDunnough checklist), have since been shifted or changed, as a result of more recent studies — usually at the generic level. And some of the other names in use last century have now been reduced to SYNONYMS, based on more recent studies. The “cross-outs” applied over many of my original name-labels (in the 1950's photos), reflect most of these changes, as they have become known to me over the years....Rather than deleting the old (original) labels altogether, it seemed worthwhile just to leave them in place, in the photos with the exact specimens to which they were originally affixed. Interesting tidbits of “taxonomic evolution” or history may be gleaned thereby!....SEE ALSO THE SYNONYM-LIST, for chapter-&-verse on this constantly evolving process, as it relates to both the CALIFORNIA and ARIZONA sections of this site (Backyards #1 & #7).

Whether or not one elects to dutifully follow ALL of the current name changes is, of course, a matter of personal choice. NONE of these interpretations are set in concrete; they are simply opinions (based on varying forms of evidence)....And NO ONE has a monopoly on all of the “correct” interpretations! GUARANTEE: MORE name changes will be proposed in the future, as researchers dig ever deeper —and thereby come to learn more about the relationships....For recent changes that I may have missed (or have chosen to ignore!), see any of the other current and more “ taxonomically-correct” moth websites on the Internet! My apologies to those whose latest name changes have not, as yet, made it onto his site. (Perhaps some of them never will!) But the photographs should serve well to identify most of the entities. Readers are most welcome to apply whatever generic name(s) may seem most appropriate (or in vogue) at the time.... This will vary — Don't hold your breath awaiting the "final" verdict!!
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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