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Maple Gall Mites

Vasates quadripedes

Description:

These are apparently growths caused by tiny mites that eat and lay their eggs in maple leaves.

Habitat:

Riverside Park, Grand rapids.

Notes:

Thought these might be some kind of mite, then I thought they were fungi, now I know they are, in fact, mites.

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3 Comments

suzmonk
suzmonk 6 years ago

You're welcome, RexFantastic, glad I could help ... your first instinct about insect activity was right!

RexFantastic
RexFantastic 6 years ago

Ah, thank you suzmonk! I thought that this might be caused by mites.

suzmonk
suzmonk 6 years ago

Hi, RexFantastic. I believe those are caused by the Maple bladder gall mite, Vasates quadripedes. Here's a link: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfac....

RexFantastic
Spotted by
RexFantastic

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on May 27, 2014
Submitted on May 27, 2014

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