The Ailanthus webworm moth, 26 April 2015

Atteva aurea, the Ailanthus webworm moth;
Volusia county, Florida (26 April 2015).

The Ailanthus webworm moth is fairly easy to walk by at night, but if you do manage to spot it, and if you do choose to lean in and peer closer, you’ll be treated by a fantastically patterned little moth. Ranging throughout much of the American southeast, the wingspan of the Ailanthus webworm moth measures up to a whopping two to three centimeters — a little over an inch across on the bigger end of the wingspan. They appear much smaller, however, when they’re folded up and chilling out on a glass window at night (as this one was).

Atteva aurea, 26 April 2015

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