Smooth Spangle Gall - Neuroterus albipes

    Description

    These galls are found on the underside of Oak leaves and are thin and flat in shape, hairless with a slightly raised rim, measuring up to 5mm across. The colour is generally cream or pale green, sometimes with a pinky-red rim or blotches. They are never found in large numbers on a single leaf.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall

    Habitat

    On the leaves of oak.

    When to see it

    Mature galls fall from the leaves in autumn and the adult insects emerge in early spring.

    Life History

    These galls are caused by the asexual generation of the wasp. The sexual generation form tiny egg-shaped galls between leaf nodes in the spring.

    UK Status

    Common.

    VC55 Status

    Not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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