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A wasp gall found on the ground after a wind storm. Not sure which tree it came from, as it was a wooded area with many different kinds of trees. I peeled a little of the damaged leafy shell away to see the insides, but was reluctant to probe any further for fear of hurting a potentially viable egg.
Rural deciduous area, Clermont County
Fun fact: The gall wasp lays its egg in the base of a leaf, which stimulates the leaf to grow tissue around the egg to protect it. Galls come in many shapes and sizes depending on the type of wasp and the type of tree, but this is easily the largest I've ever found.
Spotted on May 1, 2017
Submitted on Jan 25, 2018
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