Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Malay (rose) apple leafminer (371)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Unknown distribution. Recorded from Papua province (Irian Jaya), Indonesia and Fiji. Only found on Malay (rose) apple.
  • Damage done by larvae mining the leaves, often between the veins, causing them to shrivel and die. Only a few leaves affected on any one tree.
  • Adults are small moths with distinctive white semi-circular spots on forewings; hindwings fringed. Antennae longer than body.
  • Spread occurs in the wing and via the trade in plants.
  • Cultural control: squash larvae in tunnels between finger and thumb; removed infested leaves and burn.
  • Chemical control: possibly needed in nurseries. Use systemic imidacloprid, or synthetic pyrethroid.

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