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Citrus Leaf Miner

We receive many calls and plant samples each year from home citrus trees infested with the citrus leaf miner (Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton). This insect is a tiny moth that lays an egg under the leaf from which a larvae hatches that burrows into the leaf. The larvae then tunnels around in a serpentine pattern between the leaf surfaces (hence its name “leaf miner”) leaving a whitish, silvery winding pathway through the leaf. Damage from this pest causes citrus foliage to cup and twist, creating a malformed leaf. After… Read More →