Dasineura aparines

    Description

    The larvae of the midge Dasineura aparines cause galls on Cleavers (Galium aparine) causing the buds and adjacent stems to become thickened, hairy and fleshy, sometimes grouped into a rosette like mass at the tops of the stems.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall

    Recording advice

    Adult: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Wherever Cleavers occurs.

    When to see it

    Galls may be seen when cleavers is in leaf.

    UK Status

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

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map