WHITE WITCH

Through the mist on a foggy night the White Witch descended on the home at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest. This moth, Thysania agrippina, is the lepidopteran with the biggest wingspan in the world. It dwarfed the sphinx moths and other visitors to our bug light. It is of the Noctuidae family. It’s little sister, Thysania zenobia or Owl Moth, has also visited our lights. Both species are illustrated here with a hand as a reference showing the enormous size of these moths. These are both remarkable insects that invoke a sense of mystery in this cloud forest wilderness.


Thysania zenobia


Thysania agrippina


Thysania agrippina


Thysania agrippina


Thysania zenobia

2 Responses to “WHITE WITCH”

  1. Joyce says:

    These make me so homesick for the mountain. Hope you go into the forrest with emergency lights and do this some night where there has never been light. I saw so many strange and uniquely camaflouged insects when ;I first tu;rned on the electric to the house. The front of the house was covered each morning. They later became alot less in number. Love the orchids. Keep up the good work. Joyce

  2. admin says:

    Hi Joyce,

    We have a mercury vapor light and fluorescent light my cousin left here. He is a professor of entomology and helped us to identify some of these amazing insects. The foggy misty nights warm with no moon are the perfect conditions.

    This mountain gets a grip on you and doesn’t let go!

    Jeffrey

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