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Friday, 17 June 2011

WHAT IS THIS? (17/06/11)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Several of the stinging nettles have this strange growth which affects the leaf stalk and the leaf edge. I assume it is a gall of some sort but can’t find any reference to it.

If you look carefully there is also an attractive beetle just above it…………Help!

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Have a good weekend.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Adrian,

    Looks like nettle rust (fungus)- http://www.hbrg.org.uk/SotM/JulySpp.html
    http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/rust-fungus
    The little critter might be a mirid bug, maybe Grypocoris stysi......?
    http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Miridae/grypocoris_stysi.html

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  2. Phil, many thanks. The bug is a little beauty and the ID is spot on. Thanks again.

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  3. Yes, I tend to agree with Phil. Nice picture.

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  4. Hi Adrian It is a Mirid bug as Phil suggests but i think it may Grypocoris sexguttatus. thanks for the link to CJ I have left a message on his blog. Cheers.

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  5. Its an interesting shaped fungus. And you're right.. an attractive bug.

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  6. Bob, all the best. Just a quick snap.

    Kevin, thanks and you are welcome.

    Faye, funny I've never noticed either before.

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  7. Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

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  8. Haven't seen a nettle with this on. I'll look out now - though hope not to see, I think.

    Lucy

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  9. Fresh Garden, different anyway.

    Lucy, Can't say i'd noticed it before......thought it was a caterpillar at first.

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  10. A Mirid Bug. That's one for the collection. I've never seen one.

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  11. Graham they are attractive wee things. I've been looking but haven't found another.

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