Giant Moth
Could you please help in identifying this beautiful giant month that was sleeping under my alcove a few days ago here is SE Michigan. Its wingspan was a little over 6 inches.
Thanks very much,
John Brower

Hi John,
Yours is the first Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata, we have received this year. They are a primarily tropical and sub-tropical species but the moth is capable of flying great distances in a single night. They seek shelter in deep shade during the day. Adults can stray as far north as Canada. This is the largest Owlet Moth, Family Noctuidae, found in the U.S.

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