Epitrimerus trilobus

    Description

    Epitrimerus trilobus is a mite that causes galls to form on the leaves of Elder. The gall is seen more often than the mite that causes it. Margin of leaflet rolled upwards and slightly thickened, roll 1 - 5mm wide, tight or loose, short or extending around most of the leaf;  leaf may be creased or buckled and reduced in size; contains mites:

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall

    Habitat

    On the leaves of Elder.

    When to see it

    Summer when Elder is in full leaf.

    UK Status

    Thought to be widespread and fairly frequent in Britain, but badly under recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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