A bud-like growth on Birch. I don't think it something the plant normally grows, so I wondered if it was a gall of some sort.
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I can't help with the bud gall, but the red splodges on the leaves behind are the galls of the mite Acalitus longisetosus. It might be worth posting these as a separate observation.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Thanks for the advice Syrphus, but I actually put up a picture of the red splodges yesterday (thinking it was some sort of rust).
Can't find the other posting but this does seem to be Acalitus longisetosus.
Here is the other posting if you are interested:
I am trying to get all UK plant gall postings in one place
This will hopefully increase the "visibilty" to people interested in plant galls and increase identifcation/confirmation rates
There are cureently over 550 records collected
Could you please tag any plant gall records "plant gall" or "plant gall causer" - without speech marks
Thanks in anticipation - appologies if you get multiple requests as I am trawling through past records.
If you feel reasonably confident in your id why not go to "other observations and confirm them - Following Derek's advice - if you go here to get to the next record for the same species just go to the top left and click next
see here: http://www.ispotnature.org/node/433411#comment-409514
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