Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Ailanthus Webworm Moth
Atteva aurea (Cramer, 1781)

Family: Yponomeutidae
Identification: Forewing orange, with four bands of yellow spots outlined in black. Spots smaller in Florida population, which until recently was considered a separate species. Hindwing smoky gray.
Wing Span: 1.8-3 cm.
Life History: Larva lives in communal webs.
Flight: March-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Ailanthus and paradise tree.
Adult Food:
Range: New York to Florida, west to Nebraska and Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: Previously knowm as A. punctella and A. pustulella, rec