Wachtliella persicariae


    The gall midge Wachtliella persicariae causes galls to form on various plants of the Polygonaceae family including Amphibious Bistort and Redshank. The gall takes the form of marginal rolls, usually on both sides of the leaf which become markedly thickened and often spirally or otherwise contorted. Often several leaves at the shoot tip are affected. The galls are more easily seen than the midge.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Gall


    Where the host plants grow.

    When to see it

    Galls occur from July to September.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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