Phanacis hypochoeridis

    Description

    The larva of the cynipid wasp Phanacis hypochoeridis causes galls to form in Cat's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata). This takes the form of an elongated swelling, usually in the main stem of the plant, but sometimes in the flower stalk or petiole, succulent at first, later hard often wrinkled inside – up to 50 chambers, each with a yellowish-white larva. The gall is seen more often than the adult wasp.

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    Habitat

    Where Cat's-ear occurs.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread but uncommon or under-recorded in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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