Contarinia tiliarum


Contarinia tiliarum is a midge that causes galls to form on Lime. The galls are hard globular swellings, 2 to 15 mm across which occur on the petiole, flower stalk or young stem and occasionally extending into the midrib of the leaf or the main vein of the bracteole. It is pale coloured, becoming green and often reddened. It may have one or many chambers each containing a lemon yellow larva.

Identification difficulty

Adult Gall


On Lime trees.

When to see it

When Lime is in leaf.

UK Status

Thought to be fairly frequent in Britain, but not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may well be under recorded.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map