Phyllocoptes populi

    Description

    Phyllocoptes populi is a mite that causes galls to form on the leaves of Aspen and very occasionally on other members of the Poplar family. The gall has a distinctive yellowish bulge on upperside; (filled with hairs that the mites live in between). The hairs below are pale at first, reddish or brown later, each broadened at tip. The galls are seen more often than the mite.

    Habitat

    On the host plants.

    When to see it

    Galls in late spring and summer.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map