Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Anarsia lineatella

Anarsia lineatella Zeller, 1839

peach twig borer

on Prunus


The larvae of the first generation bore in a young shoot causing them to exude some sap and finally to wither, after which a new shoot is attacked. The larvae of the second generation bore on the pulp of the fruits, the prematurely ripen en drop. Pupation in an light spinning among the litter.

host plants

Rosaceae, ± monophagous

Prunus armeniaca, cerasus, domestica, dulcis, persica, spinosa.

Rarely Malus domestica; Pyrus communis.


In northern Europe two generation, in warmer regions up to four.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Head prothoracic and anal plate glistening black; body and prolegs honey-brown or chestnut brown, with intersegmental divisions whitish; pinacula small, black, each with one whitish hair.


Serious pest in fruit cultivation.


Bidzilya, Karsholt, Kravchenko & Šumpich (2019a).Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Gregersen & Karsholt (2017a), Huemer (2012a), Kuchlein, Gielis, Huisman, ao (1988a), Requena (2009a).

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