Ailanthus webworm (Atteva aurea)

We spotted this colorful insect on the sunflowers not even knowing it was a moth


My wife Joyce, spotted this little bug on one of the sunflower plants that we were enjoying at Fausetts Farm.  Of course, since I was trying out my recently acquired macro lens, I had to get a few shots.  I am learning quickly how hard it is to get precise focus when hand-holding for a macro shot.  Maybe if my hands were steadier, it would not be so hard but, there’s not much I can do about that.  I think the tripod is out next time.

In any event, we went home wondering what the heck kind of insect this was.  Our good friend Jan Waters knew right away.  It’s strange how this little moth never opened its wings during the time I was trying to get a clear shot.  I would have liked to see it opened up but the orange black and white markings made it very interesting to see just like this.

Fausetts Farms Horse Trails and Sunflowers
11336 Highway 136 W
Dawsonville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/10 – 1/800 sec – ISO 800

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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