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Apple leafcurling midge

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Apple leafcurling midge

The apple leafcurling midge (Dasineura mali) is a small fly that lives in apple orchards. The larvae feed on apple leaves causing them to curl upwards. While there is no impact on fruit quality or yield, it may affect shoot development of young trees.

The apple leafcurling midge is of European origin, where it is widespread, but is now found also in New Zealand and North and South America. The presence of one midge in a shipment of apples can close borders in key export markets, such as Australia and Asia.