Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Wordless Wednesday - The Black Witch
While I know "Wordless Wednesday" is suppose to be just a photo with no explanation, I found the lore behind this critter a bit too fascinating not to share :)
Monday morning, my husband opened the door only to disturb this mammoth beauty. A good 6 inches across in wingspan, he originally thought it was a bat when it flew at him. After asking for identification, we found out it is called the Black Witch Moth.
There are many myths and legends surrounding the Black Witch Moth. Also called the Death Moth, folklore says if it flies into your field of view, it conveys a curse from your enemy. If it flies over your head, it will cause your hair to fall out. If it flies into your home while you are sick, you will not get well and you will die. If it appears after a loved one has died, it represents the soul of the person returning to bid you farewell. Should one alight on you, you will become rich. Should one land on the door of your home, you will win the lottery.
I guess I'm glad it was on the door ;)