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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Often found perched on houses and out buildings during the day: The moth undertakes a northward migration during the late spring and summer, moving up through Central America and entering the northern reaches of its range. Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service.

In the folklore of many cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is associated with death or misfortune. See Also Sometimes mistaken for the following large silk moths Family Satuniidae: Easily recognized by its large size and pointed forewing, ascalaphx is blackish to brownish with typical noctuid pattern ascalaphx lines and spots.

Life Cycle The northward June migration out of Mexico coincides with Mexico’s rainy season which typically starts in early June and lasts through October. Pinkish white bands beyond postmedial lines of forewing and hindwing in females, absent in males.

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This spot is often green with orange highlights. North Ascalapya Moth Photographers Group. Ascalapha odorata Linnaeus This section needs additional citations for verification. Click the contributor’s name for licensing and usage information. Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States.


Ascalapha odorata

Texas in all months. G5 – Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery. Females have pinkish-white bands across middle of both pairs of wings: Dallas County, Iowa, United States. Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide!

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In some parts of Mexico, people joke that if one flies over someone’s head, the person will lose his hair. 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. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Albany County, Wyoming, United States. Montrose County, Colorado, United States.

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. As a consequence of that belief, both the moth and the maggot are called with the common name “ura”.

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

Tropical; regularly present in S. Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use xscalapha Privacy Policy.


Adcalapha Silence of the Lambs. Southern California Academy of Sciences Bulletin It is the largest noctuid found in the continental United States. Carbon County, Montana, United States. Southern Lepidopterists’ News25 3: The names “Black Witch” and “Money Moth” show that this insect can be seen as lucky or unlucky depending on the local culture. Notes of the early stages of Erebus odora L. Season Most records are from June-October odorqta.

Butterflies and Moths of North America map. Howard County, Texas, United States. The most northerly Black Witch Ascalapha odorata: Harris County, Texas, United States.

Monroe County, Florida, United States. Contributors own the qscalapha to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Black Witch Ascalapha odorata Linnaeus, News of the Lepidopterists’ Society.

The black witch moth is found throughout Central America and Mexicowith its distribution extending from Brazil to the southern United States. Buda Gris-gris Sampy Sleeping child. Males lack pale bands: Pupae asclapha the black witch moth were placed in the mouths of the victims of serial killer ‘Buffalo Bill’ in the novel The Silence of the Lambs.