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Malay (rose) apple leafminer (371)

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  • 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.
Common Name

Malay (or rose) apple leafminer; there is no accepted common name for this leafminer blotch moth.

Scientific Name

Acrocercops patellata. It is a moth of the Gracillariidae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Mani Mua
Information from van Haren MM (undated) The leaf blotch miner moths (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae: Gracillariinae) of Papua Indonesia. (

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