Box Sucker - Psylla buxi

Alternative names
Box Gall, Boxwood Psyllid
Spanioneura buxi

The psyllid Psylla buxi cause galls to form on the shoot tips of Box. These galls take the form of pale, cabbage like clusters, the bunched leaves being strongly concave and slightly thickened.  During the summer they conceal numerous tiny pale green nymphs covered with white wax.

Identification difficulty

Adult Gall


Where Box, the host plant, is present.

When to see it

Adults mature in late summer and lay overwintering eggs

UK Status

Widespread in the UK, and locally common; its distribution is largely dictated by the host plant.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map