Leucoptera malifoliella

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Leucoptera malifoliella
Scientific classification
L. malifoliella
Binomial name
Leucoptera malifoliella
(O. Costa, 1836)
  • Elachista malifoliella Costa, 1836
  • Opostega scitella Zeller, 1839
  • Cemiostoma scitellum (Zeller, 1839)
  • Leucoptera scitella (Zeller, 1839)

The pear leaf blister moth, ribbed apple leaf miner or apple leaf miner (Leucoptera malifoliella) is a moth of the Lyonetiidae family that can be found in all of Europe.[1]


This wingspan is about 8 millimetres (0.31 in). Adults are on wing from June to July.[2]

The larvae feed on Alnus incana, Amelanchier ovalis, Aronia, Betula pendula, Betula pubescens, Chaenomeles japonica, Cotoneaster integerrimus, Crataegus crus-galli, Crataegus monogyna, Cydonia oblonga, Malus baccata, Malus domestica, Malus floribunda, Malus sylvestris, Mespilus germanica, Prunus avium, Prunus cerasus, Prunus domestica, Prunus fruticosa, Prunus insititia, Prunus spinosa, Prunus subhirtella, Pyrus communis and Sorbus aucuparia. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine consists of a large, circular blotch without a trace of a preceding corridor. Around the dark centre the frass, glued to the upper epidermis, is found in distinct arcs. Pupation takes place outside of the mine.[3]


  1. ^ "Leucoptera malifoliella (O. Costa, 1836)". 2.5. Fauna Europaea. July 23, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Leucoptera malifoliella". UK Moths. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  3. ^ "Leucoptera malifoliella (O. Costa, 1836)". Bladmineerders.nl. Retrieved April 17, 2010.