Anisostephus betulinus


The larvae of the gall midge Anisostephus betulinus cause galls to form on the leaves of Birch (Betula species). The galls take the form of a deep, circular blister about 3 mm across, 1.5 mm deep, yellowish to red-purple in colour, in the leaf blade or over veins and more prominent on the upper surface.


Wherever the host Birch species occur.

When to see it

When Birch is in leaf.

Life History

The larvae leave the galls from July to September.

UK Status

It is difficult to determine the status in Britain due to lack of records.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map