Azalea: Obliquebanded leafroller

categories: Azalea Azalea Insects Ornamentals Shrubs

revision date: 2023-12-02 09:17

Azalea leafroller larval damage on flowers.
Azalea leafroller larval damage on flowers
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli


Obliquebanded leafrollers are usually found on the new growth. Their presence can be determined by rolled leaves held in place with webbing. The smooth green caterpillars, about 3/4″ long, can be found feeding inside the rolled leaves. The adult is an orange-brown moth approximately 1/2″ long and bell shaped from above when at rest.

Management Options

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • Naturally-occurring parasites and predators including birds and predaceous ground beetles will help control leafroller populations.
  • Pinch leaves to kill individual leafrollers.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • Apply when larvae are present and feeding.
  • Sevin (carbaryl) is particularly dangerous to honeybees since it does not immediately kill them. They return to the hive with the poison and distribute it within. Therefore avoid carbaryl if at all possible if there is a chance of pesticide drifting onto nearby blooming plants.
  • Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will control leafrollers only if they are actively feeding.
  • Use a spreader-sticker with liquid Bt formulations.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.

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