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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.

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.

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.

Subject: Long Horned Beetle?
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Area
July 23, 2017 3:52 pm
For the past few summers we have seen these fancy bugs here in North Texas. They are a golden orange with black rimmed white spots. The color is all around their bodies not just the top area. They are slender carrot shaped. Google suggests they may be long horned beetles. And they might be, but I haven’t seen a photo that matches them exactly. My son things they might be some type of moth. They are rather delicate. I’ve attached a photo. Anything you can tell us is appreciated. Thank you very much.
Best regards!
Signature: Garland, North Texas

Ailanthus Webworm

Dear Garland,
Your son is correct.  This Ailanthus Webworm is a species of Ermine Moth.

Subject: Can’t figure out the bug!
Location: South Jersey
July 12, 2017 12:59 pm
Dear Bugman,
My son and I found this bug in Haddonfield, NJ on our door. What is it?
Signature: Jess and Liam

Mating Ailanthus Webworm Moths

Dear Jess and Liam,
These are mating Ailanthus Webworm Moths, a native species that has adapted to feeding on the invasive, exotic, noxious weed tree known as the Tree of Heaven.