Psyllopsis fraxini agg.

    Alternative names
    Aggregate made up of:
    Psyllopsis fraxini
    Psyllopsis discrepans
    Psyllopsis distinguenda.

    The jumping plant louse Psyllopsis fraxini causes a gall to form on the leaves of Ash. Psyllopsis fraxini galls on Ash are indistinguishable from those produced by P. discrepans and P. distinguenda and have been treated as an aggregate for our recording purposes.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall


    Anywhere that Ash is present.

    When to see it

    Gall appears in spring and summer with the arival of the leaves, adult from June to November.

    Life History

    The time when the larvae leave the eggs mainly coincides with the beginning of foliation of Ash. Under the influence of toxins from larvae's glands, the edges of leaves swell, folding backwards, towards the middle, turning into loose galls which become brown and wither, but do not fall. The mature forms appear in early July.

    UK Status

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    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland to follow.

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