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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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
October 04, 2013 astralpuppy Bexar County, Texas, United States October 05, 2013 Details
August 02, 2013 lfleming99 San Bernardino County, California, United States October 01, 2013 Details
September 12, 2012 jschuh Multnomah County, Oregon, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 19, 2013 kk-swr Henderson County, Texas, United States September 19, 2013 Details
September 11, 2013 heatherb Grant County, Washington, United States September 13, 2013 Details
September 04, 2013 elehne1 Jalisco, Mexico September 06, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 Darrell Kotrbe Ventura County, California, United States September 06, 2013 Details
September 04, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 04, 2013 Details
June 28, 2013 curtis.lehman (Stephen Kloiber) Wayne County, Pennsylvania, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 curtis.lehman (Megan Taylor) Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 eldomoth El Dorado County, California, United States August 27, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 Gayle Temple Texas, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 20, 2013 GYREAnne Park County, Wyoming, United States August 23, 2013 Details
August 07, 2013 kissmyboot San Bernardino County, California, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 dmelko Cameron County, Texas, United States August 19, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 rnhardman@live.ca Ontario, Canada August 16, 2013 Details
August 07, 2013 curtis.lehman (John Tautin) Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States August 16, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 hyce Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 11, 2008 A M Gallon Kern County, California, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 12, 2013 Paul Kittle Trumbull County, Ohio, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 12, 2013 briar bush Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details