The Problem

Citrus Leafminer

Phyllocnistis citrella

What is Citrus Leafminer?

Citrus leafminer is the larvae of a tiny silvery white moth, around 4mm long, which lays
its eggs on new growth of citrus. After hatching from the eggs, the leafminer larvae tunnel into the leaf leaving silvery
trails. This snail like tunnelling is often referred to as “leaf curl” because of the distortion that occurs to the leaf. There
is no pattern to the curling. There can be up to 15 generations of leafminer per year, but major attacks occur when
numbers build up from the beginning of summer to autumn. Severe infestations can slow down the growth of young
trees.

What are the symptoms?

Curling and distortion of mainly new growth, plus silvery trails on the leaf surface.

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