Black Witch Moth Facts
- The lovely Black Witch Moth represents a rather large species of moth. In fact, this is the largest known species of moth endemic to the continental United States.
- Unfortunately, in some cultures in part of its greater range, it has long been associated with misfortune or death in superstition.
- In some portions of its range, this lovely invertebrate remains considered an agricultural pest, due to its feeding habits and preferences.
- While not native to the region, the black beauty has also become established in parts of Hawaii.
Black Witch Moth Physical Description
The rather surprising Black Witch Moth commonly attains an enormous wingspan. This often reaches widths of as much as 6.3 in (16 cm).
The females are usually lighter in coloring, while the males have a predominantly black shade. Displaying two types of sexual dimorphism, the females are also generally somewhat smaller than the males.
Superficially, the invertebrate actually resembles a bat.
Species: A. odorota
Black Witch Moth Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
This insect is nocturnal in nature and typically forages for food at night.
The adult moth commonly feeds on overripe fruit, usually bananas. The larva consumes plant leaves voraciously.
During late Spring and Summer, the Black Witch Moth migrates northward. At this time, it moves from Mexico to the continental United States. Scattered individuals have been even seen in Hawaii.
As with most Lepidoptera, its adult life cycle is quite short. A typical lifespan for this creature is usually no more than a few weeks.