Cottonwool Gall Wasp - Andricus quercusramuli

    Description

    Andricus quercusramuli is a cynipid wasp that causes galls to form on the catkins of English Oak and Sessile Oak. Cottonwool galls are the sexual generation of Andricus quercusramuli (the asexual generation is a bud gall on oak).

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall

    Habitat

    On English Oak and Sessile Oak.

    When to see it

    Galls from spring (cottonwool galls) to late summer (bud galls).

    Life History

    The spherical mass of white hairs hides up to 20 gall chambers, each about 2mm dia. and occupied by one larva. These mature and emerge in late June and following mating, the females then cause the alternate asexual generation galls in oak buds.

    UK Status

    Occasional in England, though probably under recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are only a handful of records.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map