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Brief Summary

    Ascalapha odorata: Brief Summary
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    The erebid moth Ascalapha odorata, commonly known as the black witch moth, is a large bat-shaped, dark-colored nocturnal moth, found from Brazil to the southern United States. It is the largest noctuid found in the continental United States. In the folklore of many cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is associated with death or misfortune.

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    Larva

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    On an adult's hand

Comprehensive Description

Distribution

    Distribution
    provided by University of Alberta Museums
    As a breeding resident, tropical South America north to Florida and the Gulf States. A rare stray north to southern Canada. Recorded in Alberta north to Edmonton.

Trophic Strategy

    Trophic Strategy
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    The larval hosts are tropical legumes in the genera Pithecellobium and Cassia.

Life Cycle

    Life Cycle
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    The Black Witch is a common tropical moth that strays north on occasion to southern Canada, including Alberta. Their larval food plants do not occur north of the tropics, and any that stray this far north are doomed. They are nocturnal and come to sugar bait.