The British Plant Gall Society
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Affiliated to the British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS)
Site last updated on 5th November 2020
Free to members only.The Spring 2005 issue can be read online via the links below.
The first 6 issues are now also available:
Further back issues may be added in due course.
British Plant Galls (2nd edition) by Margaret Redfern and Peter Shirley, illustrated by Michael Bloxham,
published by the Field Studies Council, 2011.
This is the definitive guide to the plant galls of Britain and Ireland. It contains illustrated keys to all galls likely to be found in the British Isles, and significantly updates the 2002 edition with many taxonomic changes, new galls and improved drawings. It also contains a useful introduction to the study of galls.
Available from FSC or booksellers.
Plant Galls by Margaret Redfern (New Naturalist Series) Harper Collins 2011
Available from the publishers.
Price £30.00 in paperback, and £50 in hardback.
The Natural History of the Rose Bedeguar Gall and its Insect Community by Simon Randolph,
published by the British Plant Gall Society.
The gall known as the Rose Bedeguar or Robin's Pincushion is a common, stikingly conspicuous and attractive gall, usually found on wild dog roses. It is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Diplolepis rosae, that lays its eggs in the plant's leaf buds. This book reviews the wealth of scientific literature on this gall and summarises our present knowledge of it, constructing from this wide ranging research a detailed and fascinating account of the life history of the wasp, the parasitoids which attack it (and, in some cases, each other) and the way in which the gall develops in response to the wasp's egg laying 'attack' on its host, the dog rose.
Price £9.00 including UK carriage. Overseas carriage extra at cost.
Order from Alan Rix, 31 Norfolk Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1BL
The Natural History of the Rose Bedeguar Gall -
and Keys to the Insect Inhabitants by Robin Williams, published by the British Plant Gall Society
This is the second volume about bedeguar galls and focuses on the inhabitants of the galls. They are described and comprehensive keys to their identification are provided, together with information about flight periods, distribution maps and data relating to the whole project. A CD is included containing a spreadsheet with more than 4,000 records of insects associated with this gall. This companion to the Natural History of the Rose Bedeguar Gall completes the ground-
Price £9.00 including UK carriage from Alan Rix, 31 Norfolk Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1BL
After some 14 years gestation, ‘Oak-
The book is as comprehensive as research has allowed and is in two volumes for ease of use. It is a comprehensive study of oak-
Keys identify insect families; followed by detailed keys to causers, inquilines and parasitoids. Finally, a section provides keys to larval stages of the various hymenopteran genera. The keys contain, at the point where species key out, drawings relevant to the points of identification, a brief description of the sexes, a set of ratios and sizes, plus the months when they are likely to be found.
The second volume, Appendices, has complete descriptions of each of the insects, where known, including many comparative outline microscope photographs showing shapes. The appendices include much ancillary information, such as when the first of each species was reared, a summary of brief comparative facts and outline descriptions for all the insects, a glossary, and full bibliography.
It is available from NHBS or Pemberley Books.
British Hymenoptera, Glossary for use with identification keys, by Robin Williams.
This includes terms used for body parts in keys going from 1896 to the present day (some of which are still in use), as well as the more obscure adjectives used in descriptions. Of use to anyone interested in the whole field of Hymenoptera.
Available as above from Kyntons Mead, Heath House, Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4UQ cost £14 + postage.
Handbook for Recording British Plant Galls and their Inhabitants
Currently out of print
by Janet Boyd and Margaret Redfern
Cost £3.50 incl UK p&p. From Alan Rix, 31 Norfolk Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1BL
Britain's Plant Galls: A Photographic Guide by Michael Chinery.
Available from many booksellers.