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family Yponomeutidae (Ermine Moths)
subfamily Attevinae (Tropical Ermine Moths)
Ailanthus Web Worm Atteva punctella
Native of South Florida and American tropics. Spread through USA and Canada with the introduction of the temperate growing Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) from China which is now considered an invasive plant.
Photo taken in Taylor County, October 2006
Moth: less than 1/2" long. Sips flowers of many plants. Migrates.
Caterpillar: Red head, brown body with sparce white hairs. Light greenish-brown stripe down the back, several white and green stripes on sides. Feeds on Tree-of-Heaven. Producing web nests between leaves.
family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
subfamily Sterrhinae, tribe Cosymbiini
Common Tan Wave Pleuroprucha insulsaria
Photo taken in Taylor County, June 2007
Moth: 3/4" wide
Caterpillar: feeds on many plants
family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
subfamily Pyraustinae, tribe Spilomelini
Melonworm Moth Diaphania hyalinata
The white part of wings are translucent. The "growth" at the base of tail is part of the moth, not a fungus.
Photo taken in Taylor County, October 2008
Moth: 1" wide
Caterpillar: feeds on melons