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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May 04, 2014 Patsmum Quintana Roo, Mexico July 25, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 Christaray Denver County, Colorado, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 Marshall Bailey Benton County, Arkansas, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 Dwaine Wagoner Natrona County, Wyoming, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 ShawnLane Columbus County, North Carolina, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 vwstamp Natrona County, Wyoming, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 j415 San Mateo County, California, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 penolope pequop Elko County, Nevada, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 superchiqa Morgan County, Colorado, United States July 08, 2014 Details
July 07, 2012 LLJohnson Dominican Republic July 06, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 Coverlock Cochise County, Arizona, United States July 06, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 AZKlein La Paz County, Arizona, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 paralegalkelli El Paso County, Colorado, United States July 04, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 Raul Delgado Texas, United States, Webb County July 04, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 daveinkc123 Johnson County, Kansas, United States July 03, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 cycad97 Kern County, California, United States July 02, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 twopolos El Paso County, Colorado, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 bybeasley Boulder County, Colorado, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 Apple Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 k2jen Harris County, Texas, United States June 14, 2014 Details
June 16, 2013 Havertine Apache County, Arizona, United States May 29, 2014 Details
June 16, 2013 Havertine Apache County, Arizona, United States March 18, 2014 Details
August 17, 2010 sshively Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States March 04, 2014 Details
July 10, 2012 jprp1987 Weber County, Utah, United States March 03, 2014 Details
July 26, 2013 peg zeis Steuben County, Indiana, United States February 19, 2014 Details
January 25, 2014 Jannis Lee County, Florida, United States February 07, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 mandalu2 Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States February 06, 2014 Details
January 04, 2014 Bobstew Quintana Roo, Mexico February 04, 2014 Details
July 11, 2013 srf1959 Larimer County, Colorado, United States January 31, 2014 Details
December 25, 2013 LeslieMBland Baja California Sur, Mexico January 30, 2014 Details
July 07, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States January 27, 2014 Details
May 27, 2012 LLJohnson Dominican Republic January 13, 2014 Details
June 15, 2012 Mindy Jones Lee County, Florida, United States January 11, 2014 Details
June 29, 2013 PCallen Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States December 27, 2013 Details
March 09, 2013 J_Martineau Lee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2013 Details
November 29, 2013 coppercoins Sarasota County, Florida, United States November 30, 2013 Details
November 23, 2013 JKearney Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States November 28, 2013 Details
November 01, 2013 kevins Bexar County, Texas, United States November 02, 2013 Details
October 30, 2013 sixelaenna Horry County, South Carolina, United States October 31, 2013 Details
October 23, 2013 edenny Baja California Sur, Mexico October 30, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 Glynjer Colon Province, Panama October 26, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 Glynjer Colon Province, Panama October 26, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 mbaynes Guanajuato, Mexico October 26, 2013 Details
August 18, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States October 25, 2013 Details
June 28, 2012 DebW Curry County, New Mexico, United States October 19, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 Bob Ford Haywood County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 Susan Maclin Harris County, Texas, United States October 13, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 wildreturn St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 mothbear Clark County, Nevada, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 JCodyCrisp Galveston County, Texas, United States October 08, 2013 Details