Common Name: Black Witch
Ascalapha odorata Linnaeus 1758
Wingspan: 11 - 15 cm
Time of year seen: July
Caterpillar's Diet: Woody mimosoid and
Other: The Black witch is a
rare visitor to Alberta. The moth is wide spread in the tropical low
lands of America ranging over much of the southern United States. It
is blown north during the summer and has been found as far north as
Anchorage, Alaska. When flying the moth has a bat-like appearance.
The moths are nocturnal and are attracted to light and fermenting fruit.
(Powell et al, 2009)