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What the heck is this thing?

Posted by GiantSycamore none (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 14:16

I've never seen anything like this. I found it in the woods (southern Indiana) underneath some shingle oaks and sugar maples. I couldn't find anymore of them. I guess I kind of suspect its from a shrub or weed type thing more than from a tree, but I really don't know. Is there anyone in this forum who knows what this weird looking thing could be?

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RE: What the heck is this thing?

Looks to me like an "oak-apple gall" that fell off of one of the oak trees. What does it look like if you cut it open?

RE: What the heck is this thing?

It appears to be an Eastern Speckled Oak gall, specifically. Inside, you'll find either the eggs or larvae of one of the oak gall wasps.

We LOVE it when people bisect tree galls so we can peek inside.

RE: What the heck is this thing?

Well that makes sense! Here's a picture of it bisected. In the middle of the right half is that gray blob. It's really squishy, so is this a wasp larvae?

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