Black Witch Moth:
Number of Records Per Year

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Pre-2001 records listed below are based on museum specimens collected in the USA or Canada.
The average number of BWM specimens per decade between 1900 and 2000 is 10.

Earliest Record Found:

USA: Colorado 
Lake Co. Leadville 
04 July 1892 
Collected in a snow storm!
Published by Dr. T.D. A. Cockerell, CU Professor. 

Situated at an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m) above sea level, 
Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States.

   1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900   Totals
1 1 2
 1901   1902   1903   1904   1905   1906   1907   1908   1909   1910 
1 1 1 1 1 1 6
1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920
2 1 1 1 5
1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930
1 2 1 1 2 2 9
1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940
2 1 1 1 1 1 7
1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
3 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
1 1 2 4 1 5 14
1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
2 3 1 4 1 2 13
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
4 2 2 1 1 2 3 2 2 1 20
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
4 4 2 2 3 1 3 1 20
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
3 1 4 6 2 7 6 2 31
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
20 6 +500 +500 +500 +1500

2003 was the year I started compiling North American BWM records.


The following museums were surveyed for BWM specimens:

Albert J. Cook ARC, Michigan State University
American River College, Biology Department
Canadian National Collection
Georgia Museum of Natural History
Illinois Natural History Survey Insect Collection
Kansas State University-Museum of Entomological and Prairie Arthropod Research
Konza Prairie Biological Station
Lepidopterists Society Season Summary
Louisiana State Arthropod Museum
Midwestern State University
Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico
Pensacola Junior College
R. M. Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California-Davis
San Diego Natural History Museum 

University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum
University of Minnesota Insect Collection
University of Nebraska State Museum, Department Entomology
University of Wyoming Insect Museum


Request for Help

Please report new BWM records to entomike@gmail.com 
Please include date, location (distance to nearest town) & county of record.
Also please include sex, condition of moth & prevailing weather conditions.
If you find a new county record, please send a low resolution photo if possible. 
Thanks, Mike


24 Aug 2007 Mike Quinn / entomike@gmail.com / Texas Entomology