Smooth Pea Gall Wasp - Diplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa

    Alt Name
    Smooth Pea Gall
    Description

    The smooth rose pea gall is caused either by cynipid wasp Diplolepis nervosa or by Diplolepis eglanteriae on the leaves of the Dog-rose (Rosa canina). The galls are more likely to be seen than the adult wasps.

    Habitat

    Anywhere that the host Dog-rose plant is found.

    When to see it

    The adult insects emerge from their galls in spring.

    Life History

    Each gall is, in effect, a hollow, fleshy nursery chamber for a small white grub, the larva of the Diplolepis gall wasp, which feeds on the chamber wall. The galls appear to detach from the leaves before leaf fall and will lie in the leaf litter until the grub pupates and emerges as the small adult wasp, only about 4 mm long.

    UK Status

    Quite common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map