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The black witch (Ascalapha odorata) is the largest moth in the U.S. with a wingspan up to 7" in length. It has been recorded in all 50 states except New Hampshire, but is most common in the lower latitudes of the US and Caribbean. Black witch moths are primarily nocturnal and can be seen at night around lights, and due to their large size are frequently mistaken for bats. They can sometimes be seen seeking shelter under roof eaves or on the sides of buildings by day. They are completely harmless to people. Larval host plants include legumes such as cassia and acacia. More information on the Black Witch moth

Photographs: Dave Graff, Education Specialist

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