Ailanthus Webworm Moth

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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