Leaf Rollers

Characteristics
Green caterpillar with a brown or black head. Relatively small at about ¾ to 1 inch long. Roll themselves in leaves for protection and to pupate.

Damage
  • Attack deciduous trees
  • Feed on leaves
  • Mostly aesthetic and in small numbers generally won’t affect the health of the tree
Control
  • Easily controlled by manual removal of larvae or rolled leaves
  • Dormant oil in the early spring will help to control numbers
  • If infestation is heavy enough, an insecticide application may be necessary
A leaf roller in webbing
Typical leaf roller damage