FW: 50 Black Witch Moths sheltering in an old shack nr Patagonia, AZ - Aug 2000...

Mike Quinn Mike.Quinn at tpwd.state.tx.us
Tue Oct 17 22:09:22 EDT 2006

One of the higher inland BWM reports I've received...

Originally posted to TexBirds listserv... Mike Quinn, Austin

Black Witch Moth - Information

PS: Checking my records, I did find this similar report from southmost

Texas, Hidalgo Co., 
Bentsen-RGV State Park, 
27 Aug 2005, 
51 BWMs sheltering under the pavilion roof 
David Dauphin


Subject: Yesterday's Storm Brought Visitors: BW Moths
From: "<Mira Merritt>" <Minataree AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 18:57:14 EDT

I have no bird sightings to report, but I did see two Black Witch Moths
yesterday in my yard early in the morning (about 7 am). It was during
the period when the wind was gusting hard, and the rain had eased up to
a  sprinkle. I went out to fill my bird feeders, wading through an inch
of water; when I opened the top of one of my squirrel-proof feeders, two
Black Witch Moths flew  out, and immediately disappeared on the wind.  I
assume  that they crawled in under the roof of the feeder, which has
enough clearance for a large insect
to go in sideways. 
Reminded me of a similarly windy, stormy day in SE Arizona [around
August 8, 2000] when I saw at least 50 Black Witch Moths sheltering in
an old shack near Patagonia.
Miranne Merritt-Pellerin
Pearland,  TX

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