Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Oak Apple Gall

While hiking along the trail that goes around Snelling Lake I found these small round balls on the trail under the oak trees. Very interesting life cycle of the wasp that causes these galls to form. In the early summer they are green with spots. The ones I found were red and juicy inside with a little larve in it. In the fall they will dry out and get brown and papery and there will be a little hole in them where the larve has crawled out. Krista identified them and provided this link http://flnps.org/native-plants/oak-apple-galls or you can go to http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/oak_apple_gall_wasp.htm for more information. Doug Schurr

1 comment:

  1. I've seen these on other trails and wondered what they were. Thanks Doug!