ID Please - Bugs on nettles
Does anyone know what this is? it seems to be all over my nettles...
PEAK DISTRICT Derbyshire
edited June 2019
I would say that what you are looking at is not an insect or a bug.
It is the result of an insect’s activity on the nettle plant. The plant has produced a blister which is obscuring the insect.
If you were to open up one of these blisters you might find a sap sucking creature inside it. Or you might not. They often make the mess and move on.
The same sort of thing happens on blackcurrant bushes and it is caused by a special type of aphid.
EDIT: Forget all that. It’s caused by a fungus rust.
Apophthegm - a big word for a small thought.
Do any of them move
? Because they look more like galls than bugs.
Hi and welcome by the way
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it." Sir Terry Pratchett
it is a rust called Puccinia urticata!