Scientific Name- Hyphantria cunea       
Common Name- Fall WebwormImage used with permission

Domain- Eukara
Kingdom- Animalia
Phylum- Arthropoda
Class- Insects
Order- Lepidoptera
Family- Arctiidue
Genus- Hyphantria
Species- Hyphantria cunea

Fall webworms are categorized in the Domain Eukarya because eukaryotic cells (cells with a nucleus) are the most prevalent cells in the organisms. They are classified in Kingdom Animalia because they are a heterotroph (feeds on other organisms) have muscle tissues, nervous tissues, and a skeletal structure that supports their bodies. They also are composed primarily of eukaryotic animal cells. Fall webworms are classified in Phylum Arthropoda because they have a segmented exoskeleton made of the carbohydrate chitin. They are categorized in Class Insecta because they have six appendages that protrude from the thorax. Fall webworms are also categorized in Order Lepidoptera because the larvae of the species undergo full metamorphosis to reach adulthood (Lepidoptera 2010). They are also classified in this order because the larvae have a pair of mandibles for feeding. The mandibles are later lost in the adult form and have a proboscis called the maxillae that allows feeding. The adult forms also have 2 pairs of wings made of a thin membrane. They have also been classified in Family Arctiidae (A.K.A. Tiger Moths) because the larvae form has setae that allows for movement. The adult form has tympanal organs that allow for sensitive hearing capabilities. It is classified in Genus Hyphantria because the larvae are webworms, which are able to produce webbing to either build a protective structure, or for repelling down high places.