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Common spangle gall - closeup, Uden, Netherlands A few weeks ago, Henriette and I did a short hike in a local forest and were shocked by what this year&#039;s summer had done to it. We&#039;ve faced the hottest and most dry summer in 3 centuries. The forest was completely dried out, and we felt like aliens in our otherwise so cool, wet and moderate country. The whole place looked like a single spark of fire would destroy it entirely.<br />
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Not really finding anything to photogragh for a while, my otherwise awful memory reminded me to check something. I had been inspired by Christine Young&#039;s work on describing gall wasps. Before that, I really didn&#039;t know they were a thing. I simply walked past them for years without any awareness of their existence, in full ignorance. <br />
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My rare moment of clarity triggered a lazy attempt (it really was hot) to check some leaves, so here you go, my first ever gall wasp observation. A new hidden layer of life discovered, thank you @Christine. <br />
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Closeup:<br />
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Not really finding anything to photograph for a while, my otherwise awful memory reminded me to check something. I had been inspired by Christine Young&#039;s work on describing gall wasps. Before that, I really didn&#039;t know they were a thing. I simply walked past them for years without any awareness of their existence, in full ignorance. <br />
<br />
My rare moment of clarity triggered a lazy attempt (it really was hot) to check some leaves, so here you go, my first ever gall wasp observation. A new hidden layer of life discovered, thank you @Christine. <br />
<br />
Closeup:<br />
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Common spangle gall - closeup, Uden, Netherlands

A few weeks ago, Henriette and I did a short hike in a local forest and were shocked by what this year's summer had done to it. We've faced the hottest and most dry summer in 3 centuries. The forest was completely dried out, and we felt like aliens in our otherwise so cool, wet and moderate country. The whole place looked like a single spark of fire would destroy it entirely.

Not really finding anything to photogragh for a while, my otherwise awful memory reminded me to check something. I had been inspired by Christine Young's work on describing gall wasps. Before that, I really didn't know they were a thing. I simply walked past them for years without any awareness of their existence, in full ignorance.

My rare moment of clarity triggered a lazy attempt (it really was hot) to check some leaves, so here you go, my first ever gall wasp observation. A new hidden layer of life discovered, thank you @Christine.

Closeup:

Common spangle gall, Uden, Netherlands A few weeks ago, Henriette and I did a short hike in a local forest and were shocked by what this year's summer had done to it. We've faced the hottest and most dry summer in 3 centuries. The forest was completely dried out, and we felt like aliens in our otherwise so cool, wet and moderate country. The whole place looked like a single spark of fire would destroy it entirely.<br />
<br />
Not really finding anything to photograph for a while, my otherwise awful memory reminded me to check something. I had been inspired by Christine Young's work on describing gall wasps. Before that, I really didn't know they were a thing. I simply walked past them for years without any awareness of their existence, in full ignorance. <br />
<br />
My rare moment of clarity triggered a lazy attempt (it really was hot) to check some leaves, so here you go, my first ever gall wasp observation. A new hidden layer of life discovered, thank you @Christine. <br />
<br />
Closeup:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/66617/common_spangle_gall_-_closeup_uden_netherlands.html Europe,Netherlands,Neuroterus quercusbaccarum,Uden,World

    comments (7)

  1. They are just fantastic, Ferdy! Posted 9 months ago
    1. They are! Thank you, Lisa. Posted 9 months ago
  2. Strange indeed compared to most of ours. Posted 9 months ago
    1. Do you ever photograph them, Mark? Posted 9 months ago
      1. Aus doesn't have many wasp galls. it's the Eriococcidae that are most impressive on eucalyptus. We have tried to find most of them (there's only 42 named so far which is the answer to life the universe and everything) but Leuba is the one that chases the details and posts the finds. I'll see if she can post more...
        Four winged eucalyptus gall (Apiomorpha munita) Spectacular shaped galls created by female scale insects (Eriococcidae) on Eucalyptus. This one was about 50mm from one wingtip to another.<br />
Apiomorpha are eucalypt specialists. This  structure is created by a female who ends up spending the rest of her life inside. Male structures are usually found nearby, much more numerous, and much smaller and simpler structures. A small group of males can be seen lower left. <br />
This one is subspecies Apiomorpha munita tereticornuta. <br />
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:d8c61065-c2c3-4e12-a73c-64bbd8cd6875# <br />
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http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_softbugs/Eriococcidae.htm  Apiomorpha munita,Australia,Cardinia,Eriococcidae,Eucalyptus,Gall,Geotagged,Scale insect,Winter
        Posted 9 months ago
        1. Thank you, Mark. I'm late to the gall wasp party so only now appreciating them, and looking back at that post, I'm in awe!

          I happen to be listen to the audio version of the Hitchhiker's Guide :)
          Posted 9 months ago
  3. They look like fluffy buttons, so pretty :-) Posted 9 months ago

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The common spangle gall on the underside of leaves and the currant gall on the male catkins or occasionally the leaves, develop as chemically induced distortions on pedunculate oak , or sessile oak trees, caused by the cynipid wasp ''Neuroterus quercusbaccarum'' which has both agamic and bisexual generations.

Previous names or synonyms for this species are ''Neuroterus baccarum'', ''N. lenticularis'', ''N. malpighii'', ''Cynips lenticularis'', ''C. quercus-baccarum'', ''Spathegaster baccarum,.. more

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Uploaded Sep 20, 2018. Captured Aug 4, 2018 13:43.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm