OK Kim, What is this Monster Moth?

DSCF3855This sucker has a wingspan of about 7 inches. Found on Long Key, Fla.

About Marty Luster

I'm Marty Luster, a retired attorney and politician. In 2010 my wife, mother-in-law, dog and I relocated from Central NY to Gloucester. I hope my photographs and poetry(?) reflect my love for this place and her people. My picture-poem posts can be seen at http://matchedpairs.wordpress.com and selected black and white images can be found at http://slicesoflifeimages.wordpress.com
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5 Responses to OK Kim, What is this Monster Moth?

  1. Kim Smith says:

    Marty, I think you have male Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata). Although a tropical species, they are strong flyers and it would be logical one would make its way to the Keys. It looks in perfect condition (newly emerged) so maybe there is a resident colony where you are located.

    They sure are gorgeous–females even more so, with lavender iridescence.

    Happy travels to you and Barbara!

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s an Io moth….

  3. Bill Langer says:

    Marty, I googled “moths+Florida” and got an immediate hit: it seems to be a Black Witch Moth. For further info, check this web page: http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2007/08/15/black-witch-moth/

  4. Anne Lubbers says:

    I think that’s a male Black Witch moth. In Mexico they call it a Death Moth. It has a lot of creepy superstitions associated with it. The female moth has white stripes.

  5. Dave Moore says:

    That is a biggie for sure:-)

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