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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.

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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!
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Subject:  Unknown.  Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Pittsburgh.  Pa.   Prospect park
Date: 07/10/2018
Time: 05:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Daughter.  Makayla.   Found.
How you want your letter signed:  Paul dunkel

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Paul,
This little beauty is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject:  Insect id
Geographic location of the bug: Myerstown Pa
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 03:42 PM EDT
Can you identify this insect for me?
How you want your letter signed:  John M

Ailanthus Webworm

Hi John,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject:  Beetle with orange wings with white spots outlined in black
Geographic location of the bug:  Somerville, MA
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 03:08 PM EDT
My friend from the garden club took a picture of this beetle. It is quite beautiful, but we don’t know what it is. It’s a very urban area.
How you want your letter signed:  LinaJM

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear LinaJM,
This diminutive beauty is not a beetle.  It is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Northeast Ohio
August 12, 2017 9:55 am
We are wondering if this is a milkweed bug? Or “other”
Signature: Pamela

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Pamela,
The Ailanthus Webworm Moth is an Ermine Moth.  Your image has beautiful detail.

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