Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Epiphyas postvittana

Epiphyas postvittana (Walker, 1863)

light brown apple moth

mainly on dicotyledons


Larvae among spun leaves.

host plants

extremely polyphagous

Actinidia deliciosa; Camellia; Ceanothus; Citrus; Diospyros; Eriobotrya; Euonymus europaeus; Fragaria; Laurus nobilis; Lonicera; Malus domestica; Mangifera indica; Musa x paradisiaca; Persea americana; Pyracantha; Pyrus; Rhododendron; Ribes; Rubus; Skimmia japonica; Vaccinium; Viscum album; Vitis.

distribution within Europe

Australian species, invasive in New Zealand, Hawaii, California and Europe (starting from England).


Rob Edmunds found that the larva may also bore in lightly spun fruits of spindle. One larva also pupated within a fruit (a second one pupated in a folded leaf edge). This behaviour reminds of Nephopterix angustella, but unlike in that species, no ejected frass was observed.


Brockerhoff, Suckling, Ecroyd, ao (2011a), Brown, Epstein, Gilligan, ao (2010a), Edmunds (2022a), Gaona, Grundy, Rodríguez, ao (2020a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Meijerman & Ulenberg (2000a), Parsons & McGill (2010a), Pérez Santa-Rita, Ros-Prieto, Vieira, ao (2018a).

Last modified 25.i.2022