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Subject: Beautiful yellow, black and white patterned bug found on a Zinna at a local farm in Pa.
Location: Maple Acres Farm, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
August 22, 2016 10:04 am
Hello,
I am desperately trying to find out what this species of bug is!!
It’s beautiful! My son was holding a Zinnia and called me over to look, but I have no idea! Location is Maple Acre Farms in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19428
Please help!!
Thank you,
Signature: Liliana Gravagno

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Liliana,
Zinnias are excellent for attracting pollinating butterflies and moths.  This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, and it really does have an intricate and colorful pattern.

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Subject: Whats that bug?
Location: Puebla Mexico
August 17, 2016 4:51 pm
Hello bugman , I was searching over internet in a lot of entomology sites and pics trying to find what kind of bug is this that I found over a “Mirabilis Jalapa” flower yesterday morning in the Mexican state of Puebla.
it is more or less 1 inch in size with 6 black and silver spoted legs, a pair of long antennas ending in a little bright silver part.
The body was coloured in a light orange tone filled whit brilliant and metalic silver spots, the back of thorax was covered with a kind of armor of the same silver brilliant under the sun metalic color. with a pair of wings .
Thak you a lot for your help and support all will be very appreciated.
Tomas K.
Puebla Mexico
Signature: Tomas K.

Sun Moth

Sun Moth

Dear Tomas,
We thought this little beauty resembled an Ermine Moth so we searched the superfamily Yponomeutoidea, Ermine Moths and Kin on BugGuide and we located a very similar looking moth identified as a Sun Moth in the family Heliodinidae.  We located another similar looking individual on Nature Watch, also identified only to the family level.  We returned to BugGuide and learned that three different genera in the Sun Moth family all look quite similar, so we hope a family identification will suffice as we do not believe we will be able to provide a species name or even a genus name with any certainty.  We have a single Sun Moth on our site, but it belongs to the family Castniidae, so will be classifying your individual with the Ermine Moths. 

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Subject: Beetle
Location: Northeast Ohio, Youngstown
July 30, 2016 5:33 pm
Found this bug in my kitchen… It’s 8:30 PM EST in northeast Ohio on July 30,2016. It’s about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and we’ve been having some unusually warm and humid weather. Just wondered what this little guy is. :)
Signature: Mindy

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Mindy,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, a species with caterpillars that feed on the leaves of the invasive Ailanthus Tree or Tree of Heaven.  On a totally different note, did you go to see Hillary Clinton speak at East High School today?  We have relatives in the Youngstown area, including mom who is 87 and lives in Campbell, Ohio, where our editorial staff was born and raised.  We have also been closely following the Mill Creek Park drama, and we personally feel it is very unfortunate when we hear how mismanagement has resulted in controversial and unfair job terminations there, and how the park is falling into a very sad state due to lack of proper staffing.

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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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