Distorted box leaves (Buxus semperivens)

Distorted box leaves (Buxus semperivens)

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Caption: Distorted box leaves (Buxus sempervirens), affected by the box sucker (Psylla buxi), a phytophagous flying insect. The box sucker overwinters on its host as eggs, hatching in the spring when new growth begins. The nymphs feed on the plant's sap and secrete chemicals which cause the leaves to form a distorted cabbage-like shape, surroundng the nymphs as they develop into adults. Buxus semperivens is the only host of the box sucker since other species are resistant.

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