Redbud Leaffolder

Be Alert to the Redbud Leaffolder

The unusual damage caused by first-generation Redbud Leaffolders on their namesake host is becoming evident in southwest Ohio. Thus far, populations of this native moth appear to be sporadic and highly localized. However, population densities and distribution may change with the appearances of the second and third generations.
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Joe Boggs

First Generation Redbud Leaffolder

The unusual damage caused by the native redbud leaffolder on its namesake host is becoming evident in southwest Ohio as caterpillars develop through the first generation. Thus far, populations appear to be sporadic and highly localized. However, population densities and distribution may change with the appearances of the second and third generations.
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Joe Boggs

Redbud Leaffolder Damage

Participants at last week's Greater Cincinnati Diagnostic Walk-About were thrilled to view the unusual leaf symptoms caused by the Redbud Leaffolder on its namesake host. Or, maybe it was just me who was thrilled. Most of the leaf damage this season is produced by the current 3rd generation caterpillars.
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Joe Boggs

Ratty Redbuds

Although the growing season is winding down, Extension offices in Ohio are continuing to receive questions regarding redbud leaves turning brown after being folded over or "glued" together.  The culprit is the Redbud Leaffolder (Fascista cercerisella; order Lepidoptera; family Gelechiidae).
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Joe Boggs