Leaf Mining Moths on Pyracantha

Disease Information

Leaf Mining Moths on Pyracantha

Leaf miners are the larvae of moths that tunnel just under the surface of leaves, they spend the winter tunneling through leaves until spring then the larvae emerage and become months. As they feed, they make distinctive winding trails or blotches on the leaves.


When the first sign of leaf miner assault becomes evident, you can soak the leaves with neem or a nicotine spray. However, when you notice the damage, it is already very late to take curative actions. Nevertheless, you should immediately remove the affected leaves and clear the area beneath the shrubs of all leaves and debris during the fall with a view to protect the plants from being infected again. In fact, the damage caused by lilac leaf miners is more aesthetic compared to physiological. S. vulgaris or the common lilac is most vulnerable to invasion by leaf miners.

Examples of Insecticides (AcephateCyfluthrin – Imidacloprid- Insecticidal Soap )



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