Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aurea) | Ocean City Moths

Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aurea)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Arthropoda >> Class: Insecta >> Order: Lepidoptera >> Family: Yponomeutidae >> Genus: Atteva >> Species: A aurea

Binomial Name: Atteva aurea

Conservation Status: Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)

Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aurea)
Photographer: Robert J Banach
Date: June 25, 2015
Location: Northside Park, Ocean City, MD

Facts About The Ailanthus Webworm Moth

  • They are in the Family Yponomeutidae, known as ‘ermine moths’ do to their white wing coloring, particularly as the cold weather nears
  • Once known as Atteva punctella, through DNA barcoding it was reassigned to Atteva Aurea
  • Native to South Florida and the American tropics, though during the summer months it is known to migrate as far north as southern parts of Canada and most parts of the United States
  • The adult moths are diurnal, meaning the sleep at night and fly around to find their flowers of fancy during the day
  • The life cycle, from egg to egg, is 4 weeks

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Learn More About The Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Wikipedia | BugGuide | Butterflies & Moths of NA | Moth Photographers Group | Urban Wildlife Guide


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