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Subject: Daisy Bug
Location: ARKANSAS
July 19, 2016 8:01 am
Can you identify this cute little guy- it looks like he has daisies on his back…
Signature: just curious

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

This pretty little Ermine Moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject: Anyone know what this is?
Location: Astoria, Queens
July 18, 2016 9:30 pm
Hi! Saw this on a wall in NYC… Never seen anything like it… Thanks!
Signature: Ben

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Ben,
This pretty little Ermine Moth is commonly called an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject: Just curious
Location: Dayton, Ohio near the Miami River
July 5, 2016 7:10 pm
This bug was on my car door after I parked at a riverside park during lunch just south of downtown Dayton, Ohio today. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was about 3/4 of an inch long, less than 1/4 inch wide. Yellow-orange with ‘flowers’ of round white petals trimmed in brown. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks!
Signature: Deb

Ailanthus Webworm

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Deb,
This pretty little native Ermine Moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.  Though the moth is native, the namesake plant,
Ailanthus or Tree of Heaven is not.  Sadly, the feeding of the caterpillars has no negative impact on the invasive Tree of Heaven.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 19, 2016 3:01 pm
Dear bugman,
I saw this bug at home yesterday for the first time ever, and I have no idea what it is. I hope you can help me identify it! I’m in Argentina and fall is just starting here. It’s been very humid and rainy for the past couple of weeks.
Signature: Mercedes

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Mercedes,
This sure looks like a North American Ailanthus Webworm Moth,
Atteva aurea, to us.  Based on this Zoo Keys article, we believe your species is Atteva pustulella.  According to Eco Registros, the latter species is found in Argentina.

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Subject: Whats this bug?
Location: Northeast PA
November 18, 2015 8:38 am
I am near the Wilkes Barre area in Northeast Pennsylvania today is November 18th 2015 and saw this bug on a metal electrical box outside of my home.
Signature: Ken Urian

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Ken,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth,
Atteva aurea, a native Ermine Moth whose caterpillars have adapted to eating the leaves of the noxious weed Trees of Heaven, but alas, the moths are unable to control the spread of the tree that is invasive and difficult to eradicate.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Northern ct
August 24, 2015 7:31 pm
Found in derby ct , just curious , newbie to the bug world.
Signature: Andre

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Andre,
In the past two weeks, we have identified numerous Ailanthus Webworm Moths, but because of time restrictions, we have not published those submissions.  Your images are quite nice, and since you are a newbie to our site, we decided to post your request in the hope it will help others to identify this lovely Ermine Moth.

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