thysania agrippina

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White Witch (Thysania agrippina)

Also known as the Birdwing Moth, Ghost Moth, Great Grey Witch and the Great Owlet Moth, the white witch is a large species of Noctuid moth that occurs in Mexico, Central and South America but occasionally appears as far north as Texas. The white witch is considered to be the lepidopteran with the largest wingspan, with individuals sporting impressive 31 cm wingspans. White witch larvae likely feed on members of Fabaceae, Senna and Cassia. Although this has not yet been confirmed. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Noctuidae-Thysania-T.agrippina

Images: voir ci-dessous and Allan Drewitt

Thysania agrippina is a large moth in the Noctuidae family. It has numerous common names, including White Witch, Birdwing Moth, Ghost Moth, Great Grey Witch, and Great Owlet Moth. It has a wingspan of up to 12 inches (31 cm), making it the Lepidopteran with the biggest wingspan. (The Atlas moth, however, has a greater wing area.) The species occurs in Mexico, Central and South America, but it appears as a stray as far north as Texas.

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