Red Pustle Mite Aceria aceriscampestris


Red Pustle Mite (Aceria aceriscampestris)

Discovered in local hedgerow. 29th June 2013. © Peter Hillman

Red Pustle Mite (Aceria aceriscampestris)

Discovered in local hedgerow.
29th June 2013. © Peter Hillman

Family Eriophyidae

Gall height 1-3 mm

This tiny mite produces pimple-like spots on the leaves of Field Maple (Acer campestre). Each pustule may contain several mites. The galls can be fairly prolific, covering leaves almost in their entirety.

The mites leave the gall through tiny holes in the underside of the leaf in autumn and overwinter in fissures in the tree bark.

Seen summer to autumn, it is common and widespread throughout Britain. A native species.