Eriophyes tiliae

    Alt Name
    Nail Gall
    Description

    The gall mite, Eriophyes tiliae, causes nail galls (tubular growths up to 5 mm long) to develop on the upper surface of Lime tree leaves, usually on Common Lime. The galls are far easier to see than the mites.

    Habitat

    Anywhere that the host trees grow

    When to see it

    During late spring and summer.

    Life History

    The mites move onto the foliage in the spring, having overwintered in the bark crevices or around buds. As the mites suck sap from the leaf surface the chemicals released cause the galls to develop. The galls are usually red but may vary from yellow through pink.

    UK Status

    Very common and widespread in Britain where the host trees grow.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map