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 Oak Apple Gall Wasp (Amphibolips confluenta)

Oak Apple Gall Wasp | Amphibolips confluenta photo
Large oak-apple gall (Amphibolips confluenta) on oak (Quercus spp.)
Photograph by James Solomon, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)




Oak Apple Gall Wasp | Amphibolips confluenta photo
Large oak-apple gall (Amphibolips confluenta) on Nuttall oak (Quercus texana)
Photograph by James Solomon, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)





OAK APPLE GALL WASP FACTS
Description
The Oak Apple Gall Wasp is a small wasp that produces the well known oak apple in certain species of oak trees. The gall can grow top about four centimetres in diameter. The gall has a paper like outside skin and spongy interior. Adult wasps are very small dark coloured with dark oval abdomen. The wasps do not cause any serious damage, although some may consider the galls unattractive.

Other Names
Large oak-apple gall

Environment
oak trees

Food
the larvae feed on the tissue inside the gall

Breeding
The adult gall wasp lays an egg into a central leaf vein. When the larvae hatch inside the leaf they secrete a chemical that causes the plant to form a gall around the insect larva. As the larva grows the gall enlarges forming the oak apple. The larva pupates 8insiden the gall and emerges as an adult wasp.

Range
Amphibolips confluenta is found in eastern parts of North America

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Cynipidae
Genus:Amphibolips
Species:confluenta
Common Name:Oak Apple Gall Wasp


Relatives in same Genus
  Acorn-plum gall wasp (A. quercusjuglans)







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