Putoniella pruni

    Description

    Putoniella pruni is a small gall midge that causes a gall on Blackthorn and other Prunus species.

    Habitat

    Look for it in places with a lot of Blackthorn.

    When to see it

    Adult in April and May but the gall is more likely to be seen than the adult midge.

    Life History

    Larvae cause pouch or pocket-shaped swellings usually along the mid vein on leaves of various species of Prunus, but particularly on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). This swelling often reddens. Fully developed larvae drop to the soil and overwinter in the ground.

    UK Status

    Uncommon to rare - only two sites in Britain previously listed, one in Surrey and one in the west.

    VC55 Status

    First record for VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map