Gall on the leaf of a beech tree

Gall on the leaf of a beech tree

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Caption: Gall on the leaf of a beech tree. This beech gall, 3-5 mm in length, was caused by the larva of the gall midge Mikiola fagi. The female midge lays her eggs on leaf buds in the spring and the larvae burrow down to the young, still-folded leaves. The presence of the larva causes a gall to form as the leaf grows. The larva lives within the gall through the spring & summer. Before the tree loses its leaves in the autumn, the gall detachs itself and falls to the ground. The adult midge emerges early the following spring.

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Keywords: beech gall, botany, disease, diseases, gall, hormomyia fagi, insect, midge, mikiola fagi, nature, pathogens, pathology, pest pests, plant

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