Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Epiphyas postvittana

Epiphyas postvittana (Walker, 1863)

light brown apple moth

mainly on dicotyledons


Green larvae among spun leaves.

host plants

extremely polyphagous

Actinidia deliciosa; Camellia; Ceanothus; Citrus; Diospyros; Erica scoparia subsp. azorica; Eriobotrya; Euonymus europaeus; Fragaria; Ilex perado subsp. azorica; Juniperus brevifolia; Frangula azorica; Laurus nobilis; Lonicera; Malus domestica; Mangifera indica; Morella faya; Musa x paradisiaca; Persea americana; Picconia azorica; Prunus lusitanica subsp. azorica; Pyracantha; Pyrus; Rhododendron; Ribes; Rubus; Skimmia japonica; Vaccinium; Viburnum tinus subsp. subcordatum; Viscum album; Vitis.

distribution within Europe

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

egg, larva, pupa

see Oliveira ao, Lepiforum, Trematerra.


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, 2023a), Gaona, Grundy, Rodríguez, ao (2020a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Lepiforum (2023), Meijerman & Ulenberg (2000a), Oliveira, Vieira, Soares, ao (2022a), Parsons & McGill (2010a), Pérez Santa-Rita, Ros-Prieto, Vieira, ao (2018a), Trematerra (2013a).

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