Hawthorn Button-top Gall - Dasineura crataegi

Description

The gall midge Dasineura crataegi causes galls to form on the tips of hawthorn shoots. The galls are seen more often than the midge. The midge causes the terminal shoot to be stunted and distorted into an irregular bunch of many slightly thickened deformed leaves with small red or green projections. It contains many orange-red larvae.

Identification difficulty

Gall  Adult

Habitat

On Hawthorn

When to see it

Galls visible from June to September.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but under recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Cecidomyiidae
Records on NatureSpot:
94
First record:
01/08/2013 (Cooper, Barbara)
Last record:
06/10/2023 (lemmon, roy)

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