The Black Moth

The Black Witch Moth Symbolizes Death or Someone Who will Die. Two weeks ago this moth paid me a visit unexpectedly. My partner has endured many medical problems. He woke me up around 6:30 am and when I returned back to sleep I heard a strange sound. At first I dismissed it, but the sound wouldn’t stop. I awoke again annoyed as I looked around wondering where the sound was coming from, this moth was hitting itself against the ceiling. I found myself starring for the longest time, remembering that last time we met. I got up and left the room to check on Todd and when I returned it was gone. 

The room was empty because I had moved everything out accept my futon. Yet later the moth had disappeared all together, I haven’t seen it since. This is the second time we have encountered each other. It’s not a coincidence we keep meeting. A month later I finally left that horrible place and as I was looking around I noticed in the window seal, the moth, it was dead and appeared very small, not all like I remember and its color was brown. I haven’t seen a moth since that episode.

The Black Witch Moth | Ascalapha odorata. The erebid moth Ascalapha odorata, commonly known as the black witch moth, is a large bat-shaped, dark-colored nocturnal moth, ranging from Brazil to the southern US. It is the largest noctuid in the continental United States. black witch moth

Black Moth’s are sort of bad omen , since the seem to attract death. If you see one in your house, just leave it be and don’t try to scare it away, because it is the spirit of someone who has died, or who is going to die, and the appearance of the moth is either a premonition of a  death , or a sign that a death has occurred.”

The Black Witch moth does not bite, sting, or carry diseases. It has only a straw-like proboscis or tongue to drink flower nectar through. It is perfectly harmless but can cause a reflex jump and perhaps a scream if you happen to flush one out from a daytime hiding spot.

In Mexico they are called the mariposa de la muerte (butterfly of death) and were known to the Aztecs. It is said that when a person is sick and this moth enters the house the sick person dies. A variation from southern Texas says that death only occurs if the moth flies in and visits all four corners of the house. In parts of Mexico if one flies over someone’s head the person will lose their hair. In Hawaii if a loved one has just died the moth is an embodiment of the person’s soul returning to say goodbye.