The Redbud Leaffolder (Fascista cercerisella) Larva
This moth has larvae that fold and bind leaves together with their silk (possibly for protection?). They eventually skeletonize the leaves of the Redbud (Cercis canadensis). You can see the start of this on this particular leaf.
I was so excited to finally find some of the larvae (one of them got away before I could photograph it)! These tiny larvae were way faster crawlers than I expected! :O
''Fascista cercerisella'' is a moth of the family Gelechiidae. It is found in the United States from Pennsylvania and Maryland, south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Kansas.
The wingspan is 13–16 mm. Adults are on wing from April to October in the south. The flight season is shorter in the northern part of the range. There is one generation per year in the north, possibly two in the south.
The larvae feed on ''Cercis canadensis''. They skeletonize the leaves of their.. more