Box Gall - Psylla buxi

    Alternative names
    Box Sucker, 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.

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