Black Witches, they are a comin' to NM, CO, KS, MO, and 60 mi out to sea...

Mike Quinn entomike at
Sat Jun 26 01:23:30 EDT 2010

FYI, Mike
 Black Witch Moth - Ascalapha odorata

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From: Joanie Maystrick <... at>
Date: Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:30 PM
Subject: Black witch moth in Colorado
To: entomike at

Wanted to let you know we have a black witch moth in our kitchen
tonight just hanging out.
It is a male and is HUGE.  We put a tape measure up to him and he is 7
to 71/2 inches wide.
We are in Silverthorne, Colorado at an elevation of 8900 feet, about
60 miles west of Denver.
This is one of the coolest creatures we have ever seen up here!!  He's
starting to be more active in the last 15 minutes (he's been hanging
on a shelf for about 2 hours prior) and we are hoping he'll take off
and go back outside.  We have hesitated to touch him to put him out.
If you're still up and have any suggestions let us know.  Any
questions - call me at ...

Joanie Maystrick

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From: Margaret Michael <... at>
Date: Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 8:37 PM
Subject: Black Witch Moth
To: entomike at


My family and I found your website tonight in search of the
identification of a large moth that was resting of the wall of our
semi-enclosed patio.  My daughter took several pictures of it and we
are pretty sure that it's a Black Witch moth.  It was about 6 inches
in width and was very content to allow her to photograph it at pretty
close range.

We live in Albuquerque, NM and the weather tonight was 80 degrees with
overcast skies, threatening a thunderstorm.

Thanks for the great pictures and information on your website!
Margaret Michael

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From: Alan Davis <.... at>
Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 2:10 PM
Subject: Moth
To: "entomike at" <entomike at>

Hey, your moth page is awesome. We were fishing yesterday about 60
miles offshore, south of Port O'Connor, TX. This guy came out of
nowhere and landed on the boat. It was probably around 4:00pm.

Pretty moth. Hope this info helps your study.


-----Original Message-----
From: Herzenberg, Karen, EMNRD
Sent: Wed 6/23/2010 7:12 PM
To: Cary, Steve, EMNRD; Sanchez, Michael, DCA; Don Parker; Yaksich, Rob, EMNRD
Subject: Black Witch moth sighting


Thought youall might be interested in a sighting of a Black Witch moth
this evening at the Park. I think it's a male; it was perched on the
east-facing concrete wall at about 5:15 PM outside the staff entrance.
I took a couple of pix that I haven't downloaded yet; will send if
you're interested. Here are a couple of sites I visited FMI:


Karen Herzenberg
Instructional Coordinator
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Karen.Herzenberg at
Phone: 505-344-7240
Fax: 505-344-4505

New Mexico State Parks:  Short Trips.Long Memories; Your Best
Recreation Value Close to Home

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From: Facebook <...... at>
Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 8:56 PM
Subject: Colton Zirkle wrote on your Wall...
To: Mike Quinn <entomike at>

Colton posted something on your Wall and wrote:

"I saw your page for Black Witch records.  I have one in Buchanan
County Missouri that we (as in Shelly Cox and I) don't believe has
ever been recorded here.  It is my profile picture and there are other
pictures on our pages. Thanks!"

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From: Jim Mason <jim at>
Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 8:53 AM
Subject: Black Witch in Salina KS
To: Mike Quinn <entomike at>

A female was photographed at a rotten fruit feeding station in Salina
Kansas Wednesday, June 16.

Jim Mason, Naturalist
Jim at
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200
316-683-5499 x103 - voice
316-688-9555 - fax


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