The Genista Broom Moth – Uresiphita reversalis

13 October 2022

Technician Kevin Price reported these moths attacking a Sweet Broom at a customer’s house in the Brewster Road area, Columbia Ca.

Dr. Lynn Kimsey of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Davis, gave the id: it’s the Genista Broom Moth –¬†Uresiphita reversalis.

“They can become abundant enough to cause extensive defoliation. Genista broom moths have four to five generations per year in North Carolina and the caterpillars are usually most abundant in late summer or early fall.”



These images show the life cycle of the Genista Broom Moth.