Aceria macrorhyncha


Aceria macrorhyncha

Discovered on local woodland path. 12th May 2020. © Peter Hillman

Aceria macrorhyncha

Discovered on local woodland path.
12th May 2020. © Peter Hillman

Aceria macrorhyncha underside of leaf

Discovered on local woodland path.
12th May 2020. © Peter Hillman

Aceria macrorhyncha

Discovered on local woodland path.
12th May 2020. © Peter Hillman

Family Eriophyidae

Gall height 6 mm.

This is a mite which produces small red pustule galls on the upper surface of Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) tree leaves.

The females overwinter in crevices in the bark of the Sycamore tree, emerging in spring to feed on the new leaves, which is what causes the red raised spots. On the underside of the leaf and beneath each gall are tiny holes where the mites have laid their eggs in spring. The resulting larvae feed on the soft tissue of the leaves, which does not appear harmful to the tree.

Seen spring to autumn, it is common and widespread. Native to Britain.