Oak Hop Gall - dissected

Oak Hop Gall - dissected

Observation - Oak Hop Gall - dissected - UK and Ireland. Description: Better known as the Oak Artichoke Gall. Many found on a single tree in quality woodland. Eleven pict

Better known as the Oak Artichoke Gall. Many found on a single tree in quality woodland.
Eleven pictures showing my dissection (in the name of science and for my own education). The inner capsule is so like a miniature acorn, within its hard casing is a fat and folded grub - the Andricus fecundator wasp to be.
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Few people see the inside of the gall, even less people see the wasp
It has an interesting biology.
If you are wondering about my cold-blooded murder here, there were probably several dozen within reach on the same tree. I learned an awful lot.
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