Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFErebidae Members: 18 NC Records

Ascalapha odorata (Linnaeus, 1758) - Black Witch Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: ErebidaeSubfamily: ErebinaeTribe: ThermesiiniP3 Number: 930759.00 MONA Number: 8649.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 SNA
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: This spectacular species occurs in North Carolina only as an uncommon stray

 Photo Gallery for Ascalapha odorata - Black Witch Moth

Photos: 17

Recorded by: Margie Gardiner on 2021-07-20
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: J. A. Anderson, S. Covell on 2020-11-02
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Nancy L Campbell on 2020-10-27
Brunswick Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Deskevich on 2020-09-05
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Beth Shulman on 2020-06-22
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: B. Fleming on 2019-10-11
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Crisley R Handly on 2019-10-06
Forsyth Co.
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Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2019-09-26
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Hayes Lewis and Joe Mickey on 2019-08-23
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Alison Ives on 2019-07-07
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Alison Ives on 2019-07-01
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Alison Ives on 2019-07-01
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Brad Hallenbeck on 2018-06-21
Forsyth Co.
Comment: Reporting for a friend
Recorded by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger on 2017-09-14
Rockingham Co.
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Recorded by: Ronny Roberts on 2008-08-20
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Newman, Randy on 2004-12-16
Carteret Co.
Comment: same individual from bathhouse
Recorded by: Newman, Randy on 2004-12-16
Carteret Co.
Comment: FOMA - Female at bathhouse. cold tempretures 33degrees had stunned specimen and it was lying on the boardwalk near refreshment stand at 730hrs.