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Subject: I think it’s a rattlebox moth, but…
Location: Boynton Beach, Florida
October 13, 2016 9:43 am
Hello What’s That Bug!
I think I photographed an ornate bella moth (or rattlebox moth) but it just doesn’t look right to me. The black and white patterns along the sides are very different from the “normal” rattlebox moths seen in our area and it also appears to have touches of purplish black on the back of the neck. This bug was photographed at Seacrest Scrub Natural Area in Boynton Beach, Florida. What do you think? Is it a rattlebox moth that has just decided to be “different”? Thanks for helping us identify all things creepy and crawly – and in this instance, wildly colorful!
Signature: Ann Mathews

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Ann,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, NOT a Rattlebox Moth.

Thank you so much for correcting me on the identity of this bug. I’ll let the natural area land manager know – this may be a new species for Seacrest Scrub Natural Area. Appreciate all you do!
Ann Mathews
Palm Beach County
Department of Environmental Resources Management

Hi again Ann,
Though this is a native species, it has adapted to eating the invasive, exotic Tree of Heaven,
Ailanthus altissima, which might have gotten established in the Seacrest Scrub Natural Area.  If that is the case, those in charge should attempt to eradicate this noxious tree that is invading native open space across the continent.

Once again, thanks for the additional information about this moth. Our Department works hard to keep the natural areas free of invasive, nonnative plants. However, this particular natural area is surrounded by homes landscaped with lots of exotic plants – so I suspect the adult moths feed in the natural area while the caterpillars feed in the yards adjacent to the natural area.
Ann Mathews

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Subject: Beautiful visitor
Location: Baton Rouge LA
September 28, 2016 1:17 pm
Hi, This little guy or gal was on the wall outside my door this afternoon. Any ID would be helpful. Far more interesting than the thousands of tropical bagworm moths that have been hanging out of late.
Signature: Mark B

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Mark B,
This little beauty is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, a native species that has adapted so that the caterpillars will feed on the leaves of the invasive, exotic Tree of Heaven.

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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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