Cherry Gall

Cynips quercusfolii

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The Cherry Gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Cynips quercusfolii. It can be found on the underside of oak leaves, normally as a single gall. The grub remains in the gall after leaf-fall, emerging as an adult wasp in winter. This asexual generation will lay its eggs on the oak tree trunk which eventually mature to the sexual generation that mate and produce the more obvious galls.

How to identify

The Cherry Gall is a small, round, red and green gall that grows on the underside of oak leaves.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

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Species information

Common name
Cherry Gall
Latin name
Cynips quercusfolii
Diameter of gall: 2cm
Conservation status