Aculus laevis

Description

Aculus laevis is a gall mite that causes slightly hairy, more or less spherical galls to form on the leaves of some Willows. The galls are 1 to 2 mm high and firmly attached to the leaves. Starting off yellowish green they become reddish brown as they mature.

Identification difficulty

Adult Gall

Habitat

On Willows.

When to see it

Summer.

UK Status

Believed to be fairly frequent in Britain, but poorly recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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