Xestophanes brevitarsis

    Description

    Xestophanes brevitarsis is a gall wasp that causes galls to form on Tormentil (Potentilla erecta) and Trailing Tormentil (Potentilla anglica). The galls are seen more often than the adult. Galls are usually found on the aerial stem or sometimes at the root and take the form of rounded swellings, 2 to 3 mm across, often several in a group and sometimes coalesced. They are green or pink at first, becoming brown and hard.

    Habitat

    Where Tormentil (Potentilla erecta) and Trailing Tormentil (Potentilla anglica) are present.

    When to see it

    Galls appear in summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Infrequently recorded in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Charnwood Lodge record of 17th September is believed to be the first record of this species in VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map