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ragged black witch - Ascalapha odorata

ragged black witch - Ascalapha odorata
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
July 7, 2007
Resting inside a bird blind. This is the most beat-up moth I've seen that was still able to fly; when my hand came near, the moth quickly flew away. How did it get in this condition?

Several others (in much better shape) were seen fluttering along the path in treed areas of the Refuge.