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Lime Nail Gall Mite



P_lmnailglmite

Lime Nail Gall Mite

Usually appear in

Spring to Summer


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Caused By:-     The Mite Eriophyes tiliae

Description

From late Spring to Summer red or yellow-green tubelar progections(galls) , up to 5mm are seen on the top surfaces of the leaves of Lime trees(Tilia A. europaea (synonym T. A. vulgaris)). These are caused by the mite Eriophyes tiliae which feed on the underside of the leaves and induce a chemical phermone which causes the tree to produce the galls. The galls are hollow and the mites then lives in the galls during the summer. In the winter they hibernate in the bark of the tree.,br /> Picture from Wikimedia Commons
See also these other Galls ACER GALL MITES, ACORN GALL MITES, AZELAE GALL, BEECH GALL MIDGE, BLACKCURRANT GALL MIDGE, BROOM GALL MIDGE, CAMELLIA GALL, CROWN GALL, EUONOMUS GALL, FELT GALL MITES, FORSYTHIA GALL, GALLS, GALL WASP, GLEDITSIA POD GALL MIDGE, HEMEROCALLIS GALL MIDGE, HAWTHORN BUTTON TOP GALL MIDGE, KNOPPER GALL OF ACORNS, LEAFY GALL, OAK GALL WASP, PEAR LEAF BLISTER MITE, PINAPPLE GALL ALDELGID, PLUM GALL MIDGE, ROBINS PINCUSHION, TURNIP GALL WEEVIL, VINE ERINOSE GALL MITE, VIOLET GALL MIDGE, WILLOW BEAN GALL SAWFLY.


Control

Apart from creating the galls this pest does not seem to affect the growth of the tree.
Spraying can be done with a systemic insecticide, but it must be done before the mites start feeding as once initiated the galls will form.



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