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Black Witch Moth

Ascalapha odorata


Large dark-colored moth with wingspan ~ 13 cm.


Suburban area on a mesic, tropical, insular lowland plateau.


Spotted on my sliding screen door. My view was from the inside, so the moth was backlit. My camera failed to flash, so I got a silhouette (second picture of two). Finally, I illuminated the moth with a flashlight (the first picture of two), but mostly I lit up the screen, not the moth, and what I did get was ventral coloration whereas dorsal would have been better. I tried to wait until the sun went down to get my flash to work, but managed to scare the moth off while framing a picture.

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Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 11 months ago

I thought so. Thanks for the confirmation.

Ornithoptera80 11 months ago

nice spotting,This is a black witch moth

Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Mililani, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jul 30, 2019
Submitted on Jul 31, 2019

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