Citrus Leaf Miner Control in Your Garden
Lepidoptera : Gracillariidae. Phyllocnistis citrella
Citrus Leafminer is an introduced pest from South-East Asia that can occur on all varieties of citrus and is found in all areas of Australia where citrus trees are grown. They are called ‘leafminers’ because the larvae tunnel or ‘mine’ under the surface of citrus leaves. Citrus Leafminer is the only leafminer that occurs on citrus in Australia.
Typical damage caused by Citrus Leafminer larvae is silvery trails or ‘mines’ on citrus leaves and distorted citrus leaves. Severe infestations can negatively affect the growth of young trees, but the damage is mostly insignificant to mature (i.e., older than about 5 years) trees.