Male Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata)


Male Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata)
Location:  Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

This moth is a member of the 'Owl Moth' family (Noctuidae).  It is a large moth, with a wingspan of about six inches.  One way to tell the males and females apart:  the female has a bright white stripe across its wings, while the male does not.  Some time ago, I posted a photo of a female Black Witch moth.  If you have a look at that earlier photo, the difference in coloration between the sexes will be obvious.

1 comment:

Becky and Gary said...

Wow, 6" across. We have nothing like that here, and so amazing!
B.