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The damage shown on the birch leaf at left is done by small insect larvae called leaf miners. While all of these small pests feed between the upper and lower layers of the leaf, they can come from different species. Some leaf miners are fly larvae, while others are beetle or moth larvae. With only a thin layer of leaf protecting the leaf miners from attack, it is unsurprising that most or them do no make it to maturity.
Photo Courtesy of: Robert D. Childs www.umassgreeninfo.org http://www.umassgreeninfo.org/fact_sheets/leaf_miners/birch_leafminer.html   Deyrup, Mark 2000. Florida's Fabulous Insects. World Publications.