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Tiny pellets dropping from Oak in Autumn

Posted by MSalb 7 (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 6, 13 at 10:46

I have a large old oak tree in my yard in Washington, DC. It drops thousands of tiny pale tan pellets in the autumn. I know that there are some oaks that drop bug larvae in shells, but I have always heard of those on the other side of the country. Also, I have so many, they are nearly a carpet. Does anyone know what they are?


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RE: Tiny pellets dropping from Oak in Autumn

w/o a pic.. or even a size indication ... its hard to get much of anywhere with this.. other than a WAG ...

soooo... google: oak gall

of which.. i never heard of them being regional .... but i might not be up on gall lore ....

if so.. its a minor leaf condition.. and the leaves are falling off.. so nothing to do about it.. and in fact.. many are beneficial bugs....

ken


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RE: Tiny pellets dropping from Oak in Autumn

Caterpillar poop. Also known as free fertilizer.


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RE: Tiny pellets dropping from Oak in Autumn

M, wr need much improved information to ID the pellets. What do these pellets look like? What size are they ("tiny" is a useless adjective)? Are they soft or hard?

I'm suspecting one of the oak galls, too.....but without some help from you...or a picture.....I'm unwilling to guess.

Esh...I've never seen pale tan caterpillar frass. It's dark green, almost black from the chlorophyll in the leaves.


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RE: Tiny pellets dropping from Oak in Autumn

M, wr need much improved information to ID the pellets. What do these pellets look like? What size are they ("tiny" is a useless adjective)? Are they soft or hard?

I'm suspecting one of the oak galls, too.....but without some help from you...or a picture.....I'm unwilling to guess.

Esh...I've never seen pale tan caterpillar frass. It's dark green, almost black from the chlorophyll in the leaves.


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RE: Tiny pellets dropping from Oak in Autumn

Do they look like tiny, undeveloped acorns?


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RE: Tiny pellets dropping from Oak in Autumn

Caterpillar poop:


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