Mariposas de Bolivia

sitio 63

Witches from Bolivia

Erebidae family

first update d. 30 September 2015

last update d. 9 February 2018

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View from hotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia 24th january 2008. Photographer; Lars Andersen

View from Hotel Esmeralda, Elevation: 1800 m. Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia 24th january 2008. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Black Witch, Letis mycerina. Coroico 1750 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  27 January 2014. Photographer:  Ole Andersen

Black Witch, Letis mycerina. Hotel Esmeralda, Coroico Elevation: 1800 m. Yungas, Bolivia
27th January 2014. Photographer: Ole Andersen

Black Witch, Letis herilia. Coroico 1750 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  29 January 2014. Photographer:  Ole Andersen

Black Witch, Letis herilia. Coroico Elevation: 1800 m. Yungas, Bolivia
29th January 2014. Photographer: Ole Andersen

Black Witch, Letis magna. Coroico 1750 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  1 February 2014. Photographer:  Ole Andersen

Black Witch, Letis magna. Hotel Esmeralda, Coroico 16° 11'28.89"S, 67° 43'26.98"W, Elevation: 1800 m.
Yungas, Bolivia 1th February 2014. Photographer: Ole Andersen

Black Witch, Thysania species? Hotel Esmeralda, Coroico 16° 11'28.89"S, 67° 43'26.98"W,
Elevation: 1800 m. Yungas, Bolivia 20th January 2007. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Tidligt om morgenen i Coroico d. 2 Januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

Brown Witch, Thysania species, maybe pomponia? Coroico Elevation: 1800 m. Yungas, Bolivia
2th January 2005. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Owl Moth, Thysania zenobia. Coroico 1750 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  31 January 2014. Photographer:  Ole Andersen

Owl Moth, Thysania zenobia. Coroico Elevation: 1800 m. Yungas, Bolivia
31th January 2014. Photographer: Ole Andersen
17 august 2015; Hi dude. There is a specimen in this page identified as Letis buteo. It's actually a male Thysania zenobia. Best regards, Cesar Crash

Caranavi, Yungas, Bolivia d. 26 january 2010. Photographer; Lars Andersen

White Witch, Thysania agrippina. Caranavi, Yungas, Bolivia 26th january 2010. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Thysania agrippina  Verdens største sommerfugl i vingefang, den er ca. 30 cm. Hotel Esmeralda, Coroico d. 9 Januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

White Witch, Thysania agrippina. Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia 9th january 2005. Photographer; Lars Andersen

White Witch, Thysania agrippina is a species of moth in the Erebidae family.

The species has numerous common names, including: white witch, birdwing mothghost moth, great grey witch and great owlet moth. It is the butterflies with the biggest wingspan in the world, which typically is reported as being up to 27–28 cm (11–11 in) and one Brazilian specimen had a wingspan of almost 32 cm (12 in). 

The Atlas MothAttacus atlas and Hercules Moth, Coscinocera hercules however, have greater wing areas.

The White Witch occurs in Mexico, Central and South America, and appears as a stray as far north as Texas, USA.

The species is generally widespread, but is considered endangered in the state of  Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where it reaches the southern limit of its distribution.

White Witch, Thysania agreppina. Jatata inn Hotel, Caranavi, elev. 600 m. d. 12 january 2015. Photographer: Peter Møllmann

White Witch, Thysania agrippina. Jatata inn Hotel. Elevation: 600 m. Caranavi
Yungas, Bolivia 12th January 2015. Photographer; Peter Møllmann
After lots of rain came two males Thysania agreppina +24cm, to our 250w mercury lamp in the garden. Is the largest moth in the world in terms of recorded wingspan about 32 to 33 cm.!

Thysania agrippina  Verdens største sommerfugl i vingefang, den er ca. 30 cm. Tidligt om morgenen i Coroico d. 18 Januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

White Witch, Thysania agrippina. Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia 18th january 2005. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 19 januar 2006. Fotograf: Lars AndersenCoroico d. 18 Januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars AndersenCoroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 10 januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars AndersenCoroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 22 januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

Hotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 27 january 2007. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 27 januar 2006. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

Letis caligula. Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 24 februar 2008. Fotograf: Lars AndersenCoroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 22 januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 22 januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

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Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata (Linnaeus, 1758) male. Caranavi, Yungas, Bolivia february 6, 2018. Photographer; Peter Møllmann

Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata (Linnaeus, 1758) male. Caranavi, Yungas, Bolivia february 5, 2018. Photographer; Peter Møllmann

Black Witch, Erebus odora. Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 10 januar 2005. Fotograf: Lars Andersen

Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata female.
Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia
10th january 2005.
Photographer;
Lars Andersen

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Folklore and mythology

In many cultures, one of these "Black Witches Moths" flying into the house is considered bad luck: e.g., in Mexico, when there is sickness in a house and this moth enters, it is believed the sick person will die, though a variation on this theme (in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas) is that death only occurs if the moth flies in and visits all four corners of one's house.

In popular culture

Pupae of the Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata moth were placed in the mouths of victims by serial killer 'Buffalo Bill' in the novel The Silence of the Lambs. In the movie adaptation the moth was changed to a Death's-head Hawkmoth.

Black Witch are found in Denmark

d. 1 March 1931

Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata is found in a spider's web in a horse stable at a garden center 2 km north of Fåborg, Fyn, Denmark 1th March 1931.
Perhaps this moth come with a ship that carries corn, and so in a cornsack come into the horse stable? Caterpillars feed on
Acacia.

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Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata
Found in Northern Ireland

d. 29 september 2017

Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia 15th february 2012. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata female. Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia 15th february 2012. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Butterfly Conservation 29 sep. 2017; Well Jonathan Hudson from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, Derry had quite the surprise when this huge Black Witch moth turned up on the wall of his house this week!

Native to Brazil and southern United States, the
Black Witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) is surrounded by folklore and myth.

Some believe the moth's presence signifies misfortune while in other parts of the world the exact opposite is thought, claiming that if a '
Black Witch' lands above your door and stays there, you could win the lottery!

We think the moth is absolutely beautiful and certainly not something you are likely to find in the UK with just one other record, from
1899!

With recent Atlantic jetstreams, it is possible the moth is a lost migrant or accidental import/escapee.

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View from hotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia th 7 january 2005. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Cumbre Mururata, Elevation 5843 m. View from Hotel Esmeralda. Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia 7th january 2005. Photographer; Lars Andersen

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Hotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 23 january 2007. Photographer: Lars AndersenHotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 27 january 2007. Photographer: Lars AndersenEulepidotis species? Coroico d. 28 januar 2009. Fotograf; Lars AndersenHotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 25 january 2007. Photographer: Lars AndersenHotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 24 january 2007. Photographer: Lars AndersenHotel Esmeralda, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. d. 28 january 2007. Photographer: Lars Andersen

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Silkmoths, Saturniidae from Bolivia

by Lars Andersen

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