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20110604_9 NH842999 galls on fuschia

Observed: 4th June 2011 By: Helen Mainwood
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20110604_8 NH8742999 galls on fuschia
20110604_8 NH8742999 galls on fuschia 1
Description:

These were on a leaf, I think from a fuschia.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    aphidiine braconid aphid host mummies (Braconidae - Aphidiinae)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

WilliamB's picture

Parasitised Aphids

A tiny wasp the Gonatocerus triguttatus is more than likely responsible.

William

WB

petershirley's picture

Possible gall on Fuchsia

This certainly looks like a gall, but does not fit the description of the one known gall on Fuchsia in this country (a mite named Aculops fuchsiae). This was recorded at Kew in 2007 and cannot survive low temperatures so is unlikely to be found in Scotland anyway.

The suggestion of G. triguttatus is interesting but all I can find out about it is that it is an egg parasitoid of grapevine pests, not a gall-causer.

Are you sure about the plant ID?

Peter Shirley