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Beech Galls

Observed: 7th October 2011 By: phildean
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
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Description:

These photos were prompted by Michael Chinery's new book on plant galls. Should galls caused by invertebrates go in ispot's invertebrates or plant sections? Here are photos of a beech leaf top view & close up, underside and close up.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Beech Leaf Gall (Hartigiola annulipes) interacts

Comments

Syrphus's picture

The gall is there showing the

The gall is there showing the presence of the causer, so insect galls best go into Inverts, rust galls in to Fungi, etc. It is just the same as footprints, spraints, nests and other signs of particular species - evidence of their presence without necessarily seeing the source. Most folk know the host plants ID anyway, and the gall-causer is much more interesting.

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phildean's picture

Thanks Syrphus - I'm pleased

Thanks Syrphus - I'm pleased I got it right :-)