Attributes of Ascalapha odorata

Black Witch
Ascalapha odorata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Erebinae
Identification: Easily recognized by its large size and pointed forewing, which is blackish to brownish with typical noctuid pattern of lines and spots. Note large oval patch at outer margin, containing 2 rounded spots. Pinkish white bands beyond postmedial lines of forewing and hindwing in females, absent in males.
Wing Span: 11 - 15 cm.
Life History:
Flight:
Caterpillar Hosts: Cassia and catclaw.
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: Tropical; regularly present in S. Florida and S. Texas in all months. Individuals migrate northward as far as Newfoundland and Minnesota, usually between July and October. Found northward more often than the Owl Moth (Thysania zenobia).
Conservation:
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 27, 2015 cheekychatte Orange County, California, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 Glenn Marangelo Missoula County, Montana, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 jrossbell@gmail.com Morgan County, Kentucky, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 Gary Lloyd-Rees Ontario, Canada July 22, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 ColoradEO Boulder County, Colorado, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 TedC Clark County, Nevada, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 KickMeElmo Lyon County, Nevada, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 geckomama Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 DaveBowman St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 Joe Horner Ocean County, New Jersey, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 rickycreswell Howard County, Texas, United States July 10, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 ColoradEO Boulder County, Colorado, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 iba2ian Boulder County, Colorado, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 roseanna Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 Kelela86 El Paso County, Colorado, United States July 08, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 caroltrautt Pueblo County, Colorado, United States July 05, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 arcturusangel Gregg County, Texas, United States July 05, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 saf727 Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 04, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 rpallister Johnson County, Wyoming, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Ddavedwards Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 Edie Clark Bastrop County, Texas, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 Goodyear Park County, Wyoming, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 jeffmci9 Aransas County, Texas, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 Sylviagal Brevard County, Florida, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Raeann6363 Bell County, Texas, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 Victoria7301 Montgomery County, Kansas, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 crj St Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 nighthawk39 Texas, Medina County, United States June 24, 2015 Details
October 10, 2011 Margaret and I 1996 Texas, United States, Webb County May 10, 2015 Details
October 08, 2014 corkydog Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States April 30, 2015 Details
April 08, 2015 Maeve McGoran Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
July 10, 2014 suse11 Owyhee County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
July 21, 2014 Todd Stefanic Butte County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
November 03, 2014 ddodd Texas, Starr County, United States December 11, 2014 Details
November 03, 2014 ddodd Texas, Starr County, United States November 14, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 CPJSJohnny Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States September 22, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 DSnow Riverside County, California, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 coreyk Clark County, Nevada, United States September 12, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 TAnderson San Diego County, California, United States September 11, 2014 Details
August 15, 2012 ATAKAMARA Baja California Sur, Mexico September 06, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 Shashi0949 Spokane County, Washington, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 chuckman Dickinson County, Iowa, United States September 01, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 myasuda San Diego County, California, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 Dave Sanders Fort Bend County, Texas, United States August 20, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 cassunder Los Angeles County, California, United States August 06, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 tina scott Pinal County, Arizona, United States July 31, 2014 Details
September 13, 2012 TDWIGHTSMITH Los Angeles County, California, United States July 27, 2014 Details
May 04, 2014 Patsmum Quintana Roo, Mexico July 25, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 Budlong Los Angeles County, California, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 Christaray Denver County, Colorado, United States July 23, 2014 Details