Aceria macrorhyncha

    Alt Name
    Aceria macrorhynchus and Artacris macrorhynchus
    Description

    Gall mites are extremely tiny plant feeders, often around 0.5mm in size. They are members of the Arachnid group, which includes spiders and mites, and are small enough to pierce and feed on individual plant cells, causing the surrounding cells to enlarge and multiply to form the gall. The mites are sap-sucking elongated cylinders, which apparently have no eyes, circulation or respiratory system and just two pairs of legs. Aceria macrorhynchus produces a red pustule gall on the upper surface of the leaves of Sycamore. The galls are far easier to see than the mite.

    Habitat

    Wherever Sycamore is found.

    When to see it

    Summer and Autumn.

    Life History

    They are mainly all female, producing eggs which need no fertilization.

    UK Status

    Quite common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map