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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.

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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.

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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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