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The leaf miner larva is a pale green to whitish maggot that tunnels inside leaves. The leaf miner larvae leave behind a whitish trail as they move about. Holly, boxwood, and locust are particularly susceptible to damage. In general, the damage is mostly cosmetic. Cultivating the soil well in the early spring and again in the fall is a good natural way to destroy the cocoons and expose them to birds.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|