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Apiomorpha conica

Apiomorpha conica

Description:

A most unusual and large stem gall with finely engineered opening at one end shaped somewhat like an ancient Roman amphora. About 30mm long.

Habitat:

On the very tip of a large, long-dead eucalyptus branch.

Notes:

Family Eriococcidae. A hemipteran bug which looks like a cross between Jabba the Hutt and those unfortunate foetuses you see in university medical jars.... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/819...

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7 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

No. This hole is a normal feature used to release frass and crawlers and allow males to enter, I think. The wasp's exit hole is in my linked specimen.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Are you saying the hole in this spotting is result of a parasite? Surely it developed as part of the gall as it has a 'collar' and is perfectly aligned with the overall symmetry ???

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Argy, sometimes the creature that makes the gall is eaten by something else before you find it. In this case it left an exit hole.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/161...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Sorry martin.. I linked to your Grecian vase instead of your Roman amphora. Thanks. Fixing it now...

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Argy Bee This gall is built by a hemipteran bug. Here is one that I dissected earlier to reveal the tenant. These fat ones are the females that live more than one year although yours seems to have died and gone dry.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/819...

Great cache Argy,that's a safe house,who buid it must bee fragile :)
Congrats and thanks for sharing such a rare animal architecture example

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Amazing, Argy.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 15, 2012
Submitted on Nov 15, 2012

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