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Oak Apple Gall

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There are over 150 species cynipid wasps that induce galls on California oaks. Barely the size of fruit flies, these wasps cause some of the most exotic plant galls displaying a variety of shapes (conical, spherical, stalked, disc-shaped, spiny, etc.) … Continue reading

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Woolly Leaf Gall Midge

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A midge belonging to the genus Blaesodiplosis induces galls on the leaves of a shrub commonly called serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia). The hairy, white galls have red tips and are monothalamous (have only one chamber). The galls occur on the upper … Continue reading

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Alder Cone Gall Fungus

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Alders along the shore of Manzanita Lake (Lassen Volcanic National Park) are heavily infested with alder cone gall fungus. Taphrina occidentalis is a sac fungus that induces flat, twisting galls on the bracts of alder cones. The cone bracts of … Continue reading

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Cedar Quince/Hawthorn Rust

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The cedar quince/hawthorn rust (Gymnosporangium clavipes) is heteroecious, that is, it requires two different host species to complete its life cycle. The cedar quince/hawthorn rust winters as a stem gall on a juniper or a cedar host – its primary … Continue reading

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Juniper Burr Gall Midge

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Juniper burr galls occur on the leaves (scales) of several species of junipers and are induced by a midge (Oligotrophus juniperi). Little is known about the life cycle (biology) of this midge. Generally, midge eggs are laid in or on … Continue reading

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