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Black Witch Moth

Ascalapha odorata


Large mottled brown-beige moth with a design like bad drapery, wingspan ~ 13 cm.


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


Every now and then individuals of this species decide to hang out on my sliding screen door, but they are normally very skittish and fly off if I look at them too long. This one was more mellow than normal and didn't budge when I took a backlit picture through the screen (no. 3 of 3 uploaded here) and measured its wingspan. I decided to take a chance and try for a dorsal view. I rigged a long lens to my digital SLR, grabbed a foot stool, went around to the back of my home, climbed the stool to peek over the fence and got pictures 1 and 2.

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Allen Hoof

Mililani, Hawaii, United States

Spotted on Aug 28, 2020
Submitted on Aug 29, 2020

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