Spotted tentiform leafminer

Insect

Spotted tentiform leafminer

Phyllonorycter blancardella (Fabr.)

Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae

Distribution: Widespread in most fruit-growing states and provinces in eastern North America.


The adult is a tiny beige moth with heavily fringed wings striped with golden brown and white bands (A). Eggs are laid individually on the undersurface of the leaves. The yellowish larva has a dark head and lives inside the leaf (B).