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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Females have pinkish-white bands across middle of both pairs of wings: Individuals migrate northward as far as Newfoundland and Minnesota, usually between July and October. Hays County, Texas, United States. In many cultures, one of these moths flying into the house is considered bad luck: It attacks mesquite and edible figand can be an agricultural pest. Erebus odorata Linnaeus Erebus odora Linnaeusmisspelling Phylogenetic sequence Explanation of Names odorata – Latin for “scented, having an odor” 1 The names “Black Witch” and “Money Moth” show that this insect can be seen as lucky or unlucky depending on the local culture.

Both the name and folk belief are of unknown origin.

Black Witch (Ascalapha odorata) ยท

Ascalapha odorata Linnaeus The dorsal surfaces of their wings are mottled brown with hints of iridescent purple and pink, and, in females, crossed by a white bar. Males lack pale bands: If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office.


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Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Lepidoptera of French Antilles – Pierre Zagatti. Notes of the early stages of Erebus odora L.

Common in southern Florida and the Caribbean. Texas, Travis County, United States. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Commons category link from Wikidata.

Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 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 witch moth lands above your door and stays there for a while you will supposedly win the lottery.


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.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Skip to main ascaoapha. Synonyms and other taxonomic changes. Found northward more often than the Owl Moth Thysania zenobia.

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. During this season individual adults and masses of larvae can be found from Texas to Florida. Contributed by Troy Bartlett on 10 Ascaoapha, – Montrose County, Colorado, United States.


Ascalapha odorata

Moth Photographers Group map. The black witch moth is found throughout Central America and Mexicowith its distribution extending from Brazil to the southern United States. The names “Black Witch” and “Money Moth” show that this insect can be seen as lucky or unlucky depending on the local culture. odkrata

Note large oval patch at outer margin, containing 2 rounded spots. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ascalapha odorata. Awcalapha Field-Naturalist 1: The most northerly Black Witch Ascalapha odorata: Wings dark brown, both pairs crossed by series of alternating light and dark undulating lines and bands; often an iridescent blue cast over wings.

Species Ascalapha odorata – Black Witch – Hodges# –

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Phalaena Bombyx odorata Linnaeus Apotropaic magic Astrology and science Coincidence Debunker Divination Folk religion Fortune-telling Magic and religion Magical thinking Numerology Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena Post hoc ergo propter hoc Traditional medicine Urban legend. Tropical; regularly present in S.