Subject: What beetle is this
Location: Northeast Ohio
August 14, 2012 1:47 pm
I think he is the coolest beetle I have ever seen, but can’t seem to pin point what he is. I named him friend and he only visits me at night. He is orange with yellow spots circle by black.
Signature: Jessie

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Hi Jessie,
Most folks who request the identification of this insect believe it to be a beetle, when it is actually a Moth.  The Ailanthus Webworm Moth is a native species that has adapted to having its larvae feed on the leaves of the noxious weed tree, the Ailanthus or Tree of Heaven (see MWHA.US).  Sadly, the moth does not do enough damage to curb the population of this scourge tree.

Location: Ohio

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