Dasineura serotina

Description

The larva of the midge Dasineura serotina produces galls on Hypericum species. The gall is formed out of the terminal bud of a stem. The hyaline white larva is surprisingly small in relation to its gall.

Similar Species

Dasineura hyperici on St John's-wort

Identification difficulty

Gall Adult

Recording advice

Please provide photographs of the larvae and gall.

Habitat

Where the host Hypericum species occur.

When to see it

Galls may be encountered when the host Hypericum species are in leaf.

Life History

Larvae white, 2 to15 per gall. Hibernation as larva in the soil.

UK Status

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

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
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Records on NatureSpot:
1
First record:
30/05/2023 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
30/05/2023 (Timms, Sue)

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