Orange Speckled Moth – Lesser All-Green Leafroller

2021 April 25

This almost shockingly orange little moth came to our porch light on July 5, 2020.


It is one of the tortricid moths, which are smallish moths with this particular round-shouldered shape. Specifically, I am pretty sure it is the Lesser All-Green Leafroller, Argyrotaenia quadrifasciana


Clearly the “all-green” part of the common name can’t be referring to the adult, because there isn’t a speck of green on it. The caterpillar, on the other hand, is in fact a little green caterpillar that rolls a leaf into a little tube for shelter before eating it. These are probably some of the ones that we see eating the leaves on our apple, cherry, and serviceberry trees.

They only have one generation per year, and evidently aren’t prone to massive outbreaks, so there isn’t a lot written about them.

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  1. April 29, 2021

    The moth looks like Scarlett O’Hara when she made a fancy dress out of the drapes.


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