Ram's-horn Gall Wasp - Andricus aries
The Common name derives from the fact that the gall produced by this wasp is said to resemble the horns of a Ram in its shape. The gall is more likely to be seen than the adult wasp.
Anywhere that the host tree grows.
April to October.
Not much seems to be known about the cycle of this wasp, except that it has two generations in the same year on the same host tree. Eggs are laid in the buds in April, forming the gall from May, with adults emerging in August or September. The second generation are in the gall from October, emerging in early spring.
Unknown in England until its appearance in Berkshire in 1997, it is becoming more common and extending its range.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland but seems to be increasing in numbers.
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