The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Huge Moth Pays the Garden a Visit!

The GNG had a brief visit today by a conspicuous moth with an interesting name, the Black Witch. With a wing span of up to 6 inches, it the largest moth found north of Mexico. For the most part, it doesn't breed here in California but can be common across Texas and Arizona during the summer.  Each June, following the start of the rainy season in Mexico, these moths move north following warm, moist air like we’ve had recently.  Incredibly, this Black Witch likely emerged from its cocoon in Mexico and flew all the way to the Santa Monica Mountains!

Black Witch - Ascalapha odorata ♂