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Terete-horned apiomorph

Apiomorpha munita tereticornuta. males on female gall

Description:

A cluster of purple galls growing around a branch and entirely surrounding a female gall. Pic #3 shows older galls, being last years growth. The tiny males have long departed leaving their dried shells behind and females are the larger 'still nearly green' structures.

Habitat:

On a roadside eucalyptus tree

Notes:

This link shows the dissected female. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/127... http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversi...

1 Species ID Suggestions

l.cook
l.cook 7 years ago
terete-horned apiomorph
Apiomorpha munita subsp. tereticornuta (males on gall of female)


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5 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you for that further information

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago
YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

I clicked on this spotting believing that this is a flower. What a nice find!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

I don't know Leuba, it seems too distinctive, but other species use this same coloring
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/111...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/139...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

nice little bunch. I always wonder if there is a purpose for such nice colouring- anthocyanin pigments for protection, perhaps?

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 25, 2012
Submitted on Nov 27, 2012

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