July 17, 2010
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
This large moth was found on a neighbor’s driveway. giant silk moth perhaps?
This magnificent male Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata, is a subtropical and tropical species that has been reported to migrate north for well over a century for unknown reasons. These migrations were once seasonal, occurring in the fall, but more and more frequently, sightings north of the Mexican border are being reported. There is some indication that the species is now breeding in the southern parts of the U.S. There are many interesting myths associated with the Black Witch. Females of the species are identified by diagonal lighter markings on the wings. The Black Witch is not a Giant Silkmoth, but rather a member of the enormous superfamily Noctuoidea.