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Galls indet

Observed: 31st May 2011 By: MickETalbotMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in Invertebrates
Galls indet
Galls indet Salix cinerea-caprea-glauca 2
Galls indet Salix cinerea-caprea-glauca3
Description:

Salix cinerea/caprea/glauca, which one I am not sure. The S. caprea leaf is far more pointed than the one depicted here, so not that one.

Identifications

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Comments

Brian Cambridgeshire's picture

Sallow, yes, gall possibly!

Looks like Salix cinerea subsp cinerea to me, which has narrower leaves than caprea, and is almost always broadest at the 'shoulders' of the leaf. Leaf veins are not deep and 'sage-like' enough for S. aurita. As far as I know, the north American Salix glauca hasn't yet become naturalised in Britain or Europe.

The gall might be Iteomyia capreae, but it would be good to see inside and find a small maggot rather than a very small legless mite.

MickETalbot's picture

Thanks

Brian,
Missed this somehow :-/

Will see what this summer brings, will be keeping an open foe it...

petershirley's picture

Gall on sallow

I think this is a mite gall, most probably Aculus laevis.

Peter Shirley