Oak vein pocket gall

Oak Vein Pocket Gall is characterized by lumpy bumpy veins on the back of oak leaves and is caused by the feeding of tiny gall midge larvae. Photo by Brenda Nordin.

Oak Vein Pocket Gall is characterized by lumpy bumpy veins on the back of oak leaves and is caused by the feeding of tiny gall midge larvae. Photo by Brenda Nordin.

The photo here shows oak vein pocket gall. This gall is caused by a tiny gall midge (fly) and causes the distortions that you see. It’s not really a problem for the tree, doesn’t cause premature defoliation, and won’t kill the leaves, but it will cause the leaves to be a bit gnarled for the remainder of the growing season. I’ve had a couple reports of this from Shawano and Brown Counties this summer so far. More info can be found on the Kansas State Research and Extension website.

Written by: Linda Williams, forest health specialist, Woodruff, (Linda.Williams@wisconsin.gov), 715-356-5211 x232.

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