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Subject:  mystery bug
Geographic location of the bug:  coastal Connecticut, USA
Date: 09/19/2021
Time: 09:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me identify this beautiful winged insect. It was resting on the wall of a beach locker room in Riverside, CT in August.
How you want your letter signed:  Gideon

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Gideon,
This pretty Ermine Moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, a native species whose caterpillars have adapted to feeding on the leaves of the invasive Tree of Heaven.

Subject:  Never seen one of these before
Geographic location of the bug:  Wichita kansas
Date: 09/02/2021
Time: 02:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  I have never seen one of these around here before can you inlighten me on what it might be
How you want your letter signed:  Ricky barber

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Ricky,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, one of the few insects that will feed on the noxious, invasive Tree of Heaven.

Subject:  Colorful little moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Central New Jersey
Date: 08/06/2019
Time: 07:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this pretty little moth on my siding this evening. Any idea what it is? Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Barbara

Ailanthus Webworm

Dear Barbara,
A high quality close-up is required to appreciate the intricate beauty of the Ailanthus Webworm.  Your image is perfect.

Thank you so much for your very fast and informative reply! I love your site.

Subject:  Beautiful Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Alexandria, VA
Date: 08/03/2019
Time: 08:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this very little guy/gal near my mailbox. Not sure what it is, but the pattern was so pretty.
How you want your letter signed:  Alex

Ailanthus Webworm

Dear Alex,
Over the years we have gotten many submissions commenting on the intricate beauty of the colors and markings of the Ailanthus Webworm moth.

Subject:  insect ID
Geographic location of the bug:  south texas
Date: 02/04/2019
Time: 08:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  several of these are on one of our 4 year old grapefruit trees
How you want your letter signed:  tony p.

Ailanthus Webworm Moths

Dear Tony,
These are Ailanthus Webworm Moths and they will not harm your grapefruit.  They are seeking nectar from the blossoms, so they might actually be pollinating more fruit for you.  The Ailanthus Webworm Moth is a native North American species that has adapted so that caterpillars feed on the leaves of the scourge, the Tree of Heaven, but alas, feeding on just the leaves does nothing to curb the spread of this invasive “weed” tree.

Subject:  What insect is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: 08/25/2018
Time: 06:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this on a Joe Pye weed plant on August 25, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.
How you want your letter signed:  Maggie

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Maggie,
This very pretty and ornately patterned moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth,
Atteva aurea.

Daniel
Thank you for the prompt response.
I am having the picture enlarged to hang in my office. Such a pretty moth!