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 03, 2014 m.woods41@comcast.net Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States February 13, 2016 Details
June 07, 2008 hlivings Texas, Llano County, United States January 26, 2016 Details
December 21, 2015 WatchinTheSky California, United States January 18, 2016 Details
January 14, 2016 Raffy222 Fort Bend County, Texas, United States January 17, 2016 Details
December 26, 2015 Lsassi Broward County, Florida, United States December 29, 2015 Details
November 21, 2015 gdoud80 San Diego County, California, United States December 11, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 D. Dodd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 17, 2015 Details
November 02, 2015 jjinf18s Okaloosa County, Florida, United States November 03, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 plkusenb Dane County, Wisconsin, United States October 29, 2015 Details
May 03, 2010 Martin and Sara Galveston County, Texas, United States October 23, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 fairbear Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States October 18, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 JulieDino San Diego County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 huarpasdb San Diego County, California, United States October 10, 2015 Details
October 04, 2015 rlstone37 Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States October 06, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 cynhartley Ventura County, California, United States September 18, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 ShelleyB Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States September 16, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 Graham Monroe Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States September 16, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 kblackmun@earthlink.net Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States September 16, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 erobers Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States September 16, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 Graham Monroe Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 jasoneack Los Angeles County, California, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 Wonderwomanvik San Diego County, California, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Julie Cohen Los Angeles County, California, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 jewely King County, Washington, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 garthasuarus Maricopa County, Arizona, United States September 09, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 buggs0429 Roscommon County, Michigan, United States September 04, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 Miltinlv Clark County, Nevada, United States September 01, 2015 Details
August 19, 2015 jredwolf Santa Barbara County, California, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 Nae_Nae gray wing Los Angeles County, California, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 Kari Lynn Greenlee County, Arizona, United States August 27, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 siadea Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Leann Marion County, Oregon, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 17, 2015 justridgebacks Mobile County, Alabama, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 mlonzo Santa Clara County, California, United States August 14, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Dwake San Diego County, California, United States August 10, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 rebeccafm Los Angeles County, California, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 PeeWee Orange County, California, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 06, 2015 gojuna Los Angeles County, California, United States August 10, 2015 Details
July 19, 2014 mskasik Guadalupe County, Texas, United States July 31, 2015 Details
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