"Black Witch Moth"

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© Michael F. OBrien

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The black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) is the largest month in Hawaii and can be up to seven inches across. It flies around at night and is ofter mistaken for a bat! This one is a female. The males do not have the white stripe on the wings. The Black Witch has a fascinating cultural as well as natural history. Known in Mexico by the Indians since Aztec times as mariposa de la muerte (butterfly of death). When there is sickness in a house and this moth enters, the sick person dies.

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