This fantastic moth was hanging out in our laundry room today. It’s so big I was a bit startled when I first saw it, and thought it might be a bird at first glance until I quickly saw that it flew like a moth or butterfly.
After some hunting around on the net we finally figured out that this is a male Black Witch Moth. In some cultures it is supposed to be bad luck or a harbinger of death. They are nocturnal and sure enough, when I went back to look for it at dusk, it had flown away.
There always seems to be something new and interesting around here, and usually something really beautiful! It was also interesting trying to identify it because I came across many other photos of fantastic moths that can be found in this area. I will continue to keep my eyes open and a camera close at hand.