Scientific name: Cameraria ohridella Affected plant: Principally Aesculus hippocastanum, although in a lesser degree it may also affect Acer pseudoplane and Acer platanoides
The Cameraria is a lepidopteron insect, adults are small moths of about 7-8 mm long and the white greenish caterpillars are flattish from 0, 5 to 5 mm long and they go through five stages.
Adult females lay the eggs on the bundle of leaves; then, when the eggs hatch, the caterpillar perforates the epidermis and begins to devour the leaves leaving behind some sort of galleries or mines. The leaves become totally transparent brown and fall prematurely, decreasing thus its photosynthetic capacity and, consequently, weakening the tree
SITUACIÓN C/ Ripollès, 23 - Pol. Ind. el Plà CP. 17486 - Castelló d'Empúries Girona - Spain