White witch moth
White witch thysania agrippina
Scientific Name Thysania agrippina
Kingdom Animalia
Class Unknown
Order Lepidoptera
Family Noctuidae
Distribution mexico to south brazil
Size up to 308 mm
Alternative Names
Regional Names 20px-Japan (ナンベイオオヤガ), Spain (Mariposa do Imperador)

The White Witch (Hysania agrippina) is a large species of moth closely related to the Black Witch (Ascalapha odorata). It has the greatest wingspan of any insect. The largest specimen is a female owned by John G. Powers of Ontario, Canada with a wingspan of 308 mm collected in 1934.


The moth regular appears in Mexico, Central and South America but straying moths have been found in the southern states of North America.


They may feed on the foliage of Senna and Cassia but their foodplant is not yet known.

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