Lime nail gall mite
During the summer months, the foliage of lime trees (Tilia) can become covered with elongate red tack-like galls on the upper side of leaves. This is due to the feeding activities of a gall mite.
Latin name Eriophyes tiliae and E. lateannulatus
Plants affected Lime (Tilia sp)
Main symptoms Pale yellow or red pointed tubular structures up to 5-8mm long on the upper leaf surface
Caused by Microscopic gall mites
What is lime nail gall mite?
There are many different species of gall mite they are often specific to a single host plant and producing characteristic galls, read more about some others found in gardens.
The mite has no impact on the tree’s health or growth and so should be tolerated as part of the biodiversity that healthy lime trees support.
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