Redbud Leaffolder Moth Larvae (Fascista cercerisella)
This moth has larvae that fold and bind leaves together with their silk. They eventually skeletonize the leaves of the Redbud (Cercis canadensis).
These individuals seemed to be a later instar than my previous observations. They were larger. I may have to try to rear these (next time) so I can actually see the adult form!
''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