Carolina Leaf Roller

Subject: Bug
Location: Tennessee
January 27, 2016 8:04 am
Found in tennessee…having trouble trying to identify
Signature: Lee

Carolina Leaf Roller
Carolina Leaf Roller

Dear Lee,
We believe we have properly identified this Longhorned Orthopteran as a Carolina Leaf Roller,
Camptonotus carolinensis, and the spiky ovipositor is an indication that this is a female.  You can verify our identification by comparing your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the common name is because the Carolina Leaf Roller “Bites through leaf in order to form flap. Flap is folded over, edge is pulled down with legs, and then edges are glued together with silk from gland on mouth. Sometimes uses the pods of Bladdernut, Staphylea trifolia, as a shelter instead of a leaf.”  This is a very unusual time of year for this sighting, because according to BugGuide they occur in:  “Late summer to fall. Nymphs in July-August, adults September-October in North Carolina”

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