Udea rubigalis

Udea rubigalis

Greenhouse Leaftier
Type: Insect
Binomial: Udea rubigalis
Order: Lepidoptera
Metamorphosis: Complete
Damaging stages: Larval

Udea rubigalis is a pest insect of greenhouses, field crops, and landscape ornamentals, native to North America. They can cause heavy damage, particularly to greenhouse plants.


Larvae (caterpillars) are yellow to green, with a white stripe on the back. Older caterpillars create webbing which ties leaves together for protection.

Adult is a small brown moth (wingspan about 3/4 inch).

Symptoms and SignsEdit

Tied leaves, heavy feeding damage.


White eggs are laid on the leaves. Complete life cycle takes about 40 days.

Host plantsEdit



Last modified on 19 May 2009, at 01:24