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.

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Lime nail gall on Tilia

Quick facts

Common name Lime nail 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
Timing May-September

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