Lyonetiidae: Cemiostominae

0260 (ABH21.008) Pear Leaf Blister Moth Leucoptera malifoliella, (Costa, [1836])


Leaf mine on Apple
Leaf mine on Apple
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Apple
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

The larvae make distinctive round blotch mines with spiral frass in the leaves of the food plants.

Wingspan: 7-8mm
Foodplant(s): hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Apple (Malus domestica), Common Whitebeam (Sorbus aria), Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), pears (Pyrus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Quince (Cydonia oblonga), cotoneasters (Cotoneaster spp.)
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 137 (50.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 01 July to 19 July

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 25 July to 20 November

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 Photo © David Griffiths
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