Seq # 215020040

Leucoptera malifoliella (Costa O., 1836) Species

Last modified: Sept. 6, 2023, 7 p.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium.


Family: Lyonetiidae > Subfamily: Cemiostominae > Genus: Leucoptera > Species: Leucoptera malifoliella
Vernacular names
Appelsneeuwmot (NL), Apfelbaum-Langhornminierfalter (DE)
Leucoptera scitella (Zeller, 1839)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 153.




The larva makes a typical round blotch on the upperside of a leaf with the frass dispersed in arches.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one or two generations a year: during June and July and around August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Sorbus aucuparia and Malus sylvestris
Host plant (genera):
Crataegus, Malus, Chaenomeles, Cotoneaster, Cydonia, Mespilus, Prunus and Betula

The larva mines the leaf of: Chaenomeles, Cotoneaster, Crataegus, Cydonia, Malus sylvestris, Mespilus, Prunus, Pyrus, Sorbus aucuparia or Betula.

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