Dasineura viciae

    Description

    The larvae of the midge Dasineura viciae cause galls to form on Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) and Bush Vetch (Vicia sepium) The leaflets swell to form pod like galls which may form dense clusters ranging in colour from green to red. The swollen areas contain small larvae which are pale orange or pale lemon in colour. The galls are seen more easily than the causer.

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    Habitat

    Anywhere that the host plants are present.

    When to see it

    Summer.

    Life History

    Larvae pupate in the soil when fully grown. There are two or three generations per year.

    UK Status

    Status is difficult to determine due to lack of records, but it would appear to be widespread in England at least.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The record from Broughton Astley on 25th June was the first for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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