Poplar BudgallMiteby mrgadmin on April 22, 2023

Budgall mites suck the sap from buds and unfolding leaf clusters of the lower branches in the spring which causes further twig growth to stop and cauliflower-like swellings (galls) to form. The mites live in the new galls, which are dark green, succulent, and covered with minute hairs. By late summer the galls have become hard and dry, and brick red in colour.