Atteva aurea

360211.00 — 2401 — Atteva aurea (Fitch, 1856) — Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Ailanthus altissima

Ailanthus altissima


This species is thought to be native to South FL and the American tropics as far as Costa Rica but spread north in the 1800s following the introduction of the invasive ailanthus (Ailanthus altissima).


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Becker, V.O., 2009. A review of the New World Atteva Walker moths (Yponomeutidae, Attevinae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 53(3): 349-355.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 10.42m; p. 105. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Species page at Moths of North Dakota.
  • Wilson, J., J.-F. Landry, D. Janzen, W. Hallwachs, V. Nazari, M. Hajibabaei & P. Hebert, 2010. Identity of the ailanthus webworm moth (Lepidoptera, Yponomeutidae), a complex of two species: evidence from DNA barcoding, morphology and ecology. ZooKeys, 46: 41-60.