Black Witch
Location: Schuler Lake, AB
Date: July 11, 2012
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Black Witch

Common Name:  Black Witch

Latin Name:  Ascalapha odorata Linnaeus 1758
                        (R. Bercha, det.)

Wingspan:  11 - 15 cm

Range: Alberta

Habitat:  Wooded Areas

Time of year seen: July - August (Additional Sightings)

Caterpillar's Diet: Woody mimosoid and cesalpinoid legumes

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)

Photo courtesy M. Wells 2012.

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