Iteomyia capreae

    Description

    Iteomyia capreae is a gall midge that causes galls to form on the leaves of willows (Salix). These may be in a side vein which become swollen and hard, or on the leaf surface forming a hard pouch, domed above and conical below, with a circular red-rimmed opening below; greenish, becoming yellow, brown, purple or red without hairs inside. Contains a larva which is white when young later orange or red.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall

    Habitat

    Where the host species occur.

    When to see it

    Whenever willow species are in leaf.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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