Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata), Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea)
Description moths, 1=Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata; 2, 3=Spilosoma acrea (Salt marsh moth, Estigmene acrea)
Source Plate 3, volume 1, from Illustrations of Exotic entomology, (Biodiversity Heritage Library).
Author Dru Drury, 1725-1803. J. O. Westwood 1805-1893.
The black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) is a large bat-shaped, dark-colored nocturnal moth, ranging from Brazil to the southern United States. It is the largest noctuid in the continental United States. In the folklore of many Central American cultures, it is associated with death or misfortune.
Estigmene acrea, the salt marsh moth or acrea moth, is a moth in the family Erebidae. The species was first described by Dru Drury in 1773. It is found in North America, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Colombia and Mexico.
Species: Ascalapha odorata (Linnaeus, 1758); Estigmene acrea (Drury, 1773)