Aceria tenella


The mite Aceria tenella causes galls on the leaves of Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus).  The galls occurs as a smooth, shiny bulge on the upperside of the leaf in the angle between the veins. The hairy opening below contains mites. 

Identification difficulty

Adult Gall

Recording advice

Adult: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Galls can be found on Hornbeam leaves where that species occurs.

When to see it

Galls can be seen when Hornbeam is in leaf.

UK Status

Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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