Jaapiella veronicae - Jaapiella veronicae

Description

The tiny orange bodied, long legged Gall Midge, Jaapiella veronicae causes galls to form on Germander Speedwell

Habitat

Anywhere that the host plant grows

Life History

The midge lays its eggs in the terminal buds of Speedwell plants, usually Germander Speedwell. These causes the young leaves to become thickened and deformed allowing a pouch to develop to accommodate one or two orange-red larvae.

UK Status

Common and widespread in much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map