Dasineura urticae


The small Cecid  Fly, Dasineura urtica causes galls to form on the leaves of Common (Stinging) Nettle and Annual Nettle.

Identification difficulty

Adult Gall


Anywhere that the host plants grow

Life History

The eggs are laid in the base of the leaf or in the main leaf veins. The larvae then cause a 'pouch' to form in the leaf structure and from this enclosed retreat they consume the inner tissues of the leaf.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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

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