Atteva aurea, 26 April 2015

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

Ranging throughout most of the Eastern United States and nearly all of Central America, the Ailanthus webworm moth is an ermine moth most commonly observed from September through November via iNaturalist. Also reported on iNaturalist, there’s an observation peak around April, which happens to be when I saw this one (back in 2015). I’ve seen a number of Ailanthus webworm moths over the years, but I don’t consider them to be either overly abundant or rare. They just sort of pop up from time to time, and I’m always happy to see them. A very lovely moth.

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