Diplolepis spinosissimae


The larvae of the gall wasp cause Diplolepis spinosissimae cause galls to form on various rose species, being most frequent on Rosa spinosissima, also found on R. caesia, canina, rubiginosa etc. The galls are smooth, reddish-green, ovoid in shape and may occur on the leaf petiole or protruding from both sides of the leaf but quite often the galls coalesce.  Each gall contains a single white larva.

Identification difficulty


Recording advice

Gall records for this species must be accompanied by a photograph. Please also state the host species when submitting your record.


Galls may be found in areas where the host rose species occur.

When to see it

When rose species are in leaf.

Life History

There is a single generation, with the larva hibernating and pupating in gall.

UK Status

Widespread but infrequent in Britain, most records seem to come from coastal areas where Burnet Rose is more common.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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