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Black Witch

Ascalapha odorata


Tropical forested , wooded areas. Often perches in houses or buildings during the day


Had not seen one of these beauties since I was a child in Cuba. Unfortunately in Cuba (also known as Brujas [witch]) they are considered a bad omen when found in a home. This can lead to people killing them or at best shooing them out. However, according to depending on the culture they may also be considered lucky. ex: in Bahamas they are called Money Moths. Anyway they are large, about the size of an adult hand. This one was resting on the wall at the school where I teach.

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Miami Gardens, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 29, 2012
Submitted on Aug 31, 2012

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