Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homadaula anisocentra Meyrick, 1922
Homadaula albizziae Clarke, 1943
Homadaula usuguronis Matsumura, 1931
Adult: forewing shiny dark gray with small black spots; hindwing solid dark gray.
The range must be expanding. Covell (1)
lists its range as Maryland to Florida and west to the Great Plains and Texas. Now this species is at least as far north as Massachusetts.
Adults appear in June.(2)
2nd generation adults appear in late July and early August(2)
Mimosa and Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
Egg laying continues throughout the season. First and 2nd instar larvae spin webs around flowers and leaves then live within these. Adjacent surfaces of webbed leaves may be skeletonized, turn brown, and die. Older larvae feed on the tender, terminal leaves. Some of the 2nd generation larvae pupate in the webbing of infested trees; other larvae pupate in the soil or other protected places.(2)
Larvae live in communal webs and overwinter in the pupal stage (1)
Larva; Larva; adult:
Native to Japan and China first found in the U.S. in Washington D.C. in 1943.
Other families may have some similar looking species with dark spots. Check the wing shape to eliminate.
(Yucca Moths) - Greya piperella
- Ethmia apicipunctella
(Ermine Moths) - American Ermine Moth
- Yponomeuta multipunctella
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