Leaf Galler Facts
Leaf gallers (common name), or Calophya latiforceps (scientific name) is a second biological control insect that feeds on and controls the Brazilian peppertree
- Common name: Yellow Brazilian peppertree leaf galler
- Scientific name: Calophya latiforceps
- The leaf galler is native to Brazil.
- The leaf galler will only feed and develop on Brazilian peppertree.
- Adult leaf gallers lay eggs on young stems of Brazilian peppertree.
- Immature leaf gallers form open pit-galls on the surface of young leaves.
- Galls act as a nutrient sink and can reduce the growth of Brazilian peppertree and can cause premature leaf drop.
- Adults feed on young stems and can also feed on the flowers, causing them to abort.