Black Witch cat, right side – Ascalapha odorata Moth in Texas – Ascalapha odorata San Antonio, Bexar County, TX, USA – Ascalapha odorata – female Black . The erebid moth Ascalapha odorata, commonly known as the black witch moth, is a large bat-shaped, dark-colored nocturnal moth, found from Brazil until the. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Jump to navigation Jump to search. Ascalapha odorata (Linnaeus, ). female. male.

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During this season individual adults and masses of larvae can be found from Texas to Florida. Skip to main content.

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Wings dark brown, both pairs crossed by series of alternating light and dark undulating lines and bands; often an iridescent blue cast over wings. The moth undertakes a northward migration during the late spring and summer, moving up through Xscalapha America and entering the northern reaches of its range. Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service. Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington.


In the folklore of many cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is associated with death or misfortune. Oodorata mating pairs of adults reported along Texas coast from Brownsville to Odroata in August.

Butterflies and Moths of North America. In the Bahamaswhere they are locally known as money moths or moneybats, the legend is that if they land on you, you will come into money, and similarly, in South Texasif a black ascaalapha moth lands above your door and stays there for a while you will supposedly win the lottery.

University of California Press, Pl. This page was last edited on 13 Augustat Winnebago County, Illinois, United States.

Black Witch (Ascalapha odorata) ยท

Cook County, Illinois, United States. List of lucky symbols List of bad luck signs Sailors’ superstitions Theatrical superstitions. Buda Gris-gris Sampy Sleeping child. Please report significant records to your local LepSoc Zone Coordinator. Individuals migrate northward as far as Newfoundland and Minnesota, usually between July and October. Phalaena Bombyx odorata Linnaeus Most records are from June-October 3. Texas in all months.


Food Recorded host genera: Montrose Ascalwpha, Colorado, United States.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Common in southern Florida and the Caribbean. Hidalgo County, Texas, United States.

Ascalapha odorata

In Hawaiiblack witch moth mythology, though associated with death, has a happier note in that if a loved one has just died, the moth is an embodiment of the person’s soul returning to say goodbye. Bugguide is hosted by: Most of its host plants are legumes. Contributed by Troy Bartlett on 10 July, – Females are more contrastingly marked than males. Females have pinkish-white bands across middle of both pairs of wings: Retrieved from ” https: It attacks mesquite and edible figand can be an agricultural pest.

In many ascalapa, one of these moths flying into the house is considered bad luck: The Silence of the Lambs. Tropical; regularly present in S.

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