Aceria ilicis

Description

Aceria ilicis is a mite which causes felt galls to form on the leaves of Holm Oak. The upperside of the leaf may have a bulge about 2 to 3mm high, with a corresponding depression on the underside with a rusty brown erineum; usually several galls on a leaf; mites live amongst the hairs. The gall is seen more readily than the mite.

Identification difficulty

Adult Gall

Habitat

On the leaves of Holm Oak.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Seems to be fairly frequent but under recorded in Britain.

VC55 Status

Little recorded but probably fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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