Look at this weird looking thing I found growing on a sapling today

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  1. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wool Sower Galls on Oak

    The wool sower gall is a distinct and unusual plant growth induced by the secretions of the grubs of a tiny gall wasp, Callirhytis seminator. If a fresh wool sower gall is held in a plastic bag out of the sun (so it will not get too hot), within one to three weeks the tiny, harmless gall wasps will emerge. The wool sower gall is specific to white oak and only occurs in the spring. Pulling the gall apart exposes small seed-like structures. The gall wasp grubs develop inside these structures. (This gall is also called the oak seed gall.) Fortunately, wool sower galls are hardly ever abundant enough to cause harm to white oaks. Gall wasps invariably have alternation of generations in which one generation develops in one type of gall (leaf gall) and their offspring develop into another type of gall (stem gall). Wasps of each alternate generation are slightly different in size and the galls of each generation are enormously different from the parents. The wool sower gall may be the leaf gall of this species because of its transient nature. Ornamentals and Turf Insect Note No. 5 provides additional information on galls.
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Looks like a cotton ball with red spots. Interesting.....
     
  3. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    I think it is quite pretty! Nature is so cool sometimes.
     
  4. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Neat! Makes me think of "Horton Hears a Who"
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Nature can be so ingenious... Very pretty and neat information.
     
  6. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are a few more pictures of it. Hard to believe that it is a wasp nest.


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  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    It's so tiny!
     
  8. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i visit it everyday hoping it will soon hatch. if you call it that.
     
  9. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome!
     
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    So beautiful! Yes, nature is amazing, isn't it? Thanks for sharing.
     

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