Black Witch Moth
Ascalapha odorata

Noctuoidea Erebidae Erebinae Thermesiini Ascalaphe
Hodges #8649
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"9" pattern on each side - blue outlined in orange


Partial eye pattern

Photos - ©Nicky Davis
Bug Guide identified
Black Witch Moth located at Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah on 11 September 2016
Over 5.5 inch wing span, 2.5 length, eyed," 9" marking on each forewing
Host plant Cassia and Catclaw
Wikipedia lists overripe rainforest fruit, especially bananas for adult, and larvae eat the banana leaves.  Most host plants are legumes, favoring Acacia species, Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) and Candle Bush (Senna alata.) It attacks mesquite and edible fig.

The female accepted butterfly nectar recipe of honey 1 part to water 10 parts to drink.
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