Rabdophaga rosaria

    Alternative names
    Rabdophaga strobilina; Cecidomyia rosaria; Cecidomyia cinerearum.

    The larva of the midge Rabdophaga rosaria causes a conspicuous rosette shaped gall to form in the terminal bud of various Willows. Often more than 20 mm across the gall has a central chamber which contains a pink or red larva. The gall is seen more frequently than the adult midge.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall


    On various Willow species including Salix alba and Salix fragilis.

    When to see it

    Late summer and early autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and probably fairly frequent in Britain, but under recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Seems to be becoming increasingly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. The gall recorded at Melton Country Park on 10th September 2014 is believed to be the first record for VC55.

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