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.

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

UK Map