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Primarily a West Coast problem, the fuchsia gall mite, Aculops fuchsiae, is very small and difficult to see without a microscope. The mite introduced itself from Brazil to California is the 1980s. It spends most of it's life inside fuchsias and does not affect other plants. It causes the leaves and stems of the fuchsia to distort and thicken. The best remedy is removal of the plant and replacement with a new mite resistant variety.