August 25, 2012

A New Species Found!

Around this time each year, the oak trees are filled with galls.  (See previous posts for background on galls).  This was an exciting day in the Woods Secret Garden.  We found a new species.  The bonus was that it was right next to a very rare species similiar to the one my husband found in 2010.

More later--here's a few picks


4 comments:

(Ri)Charmed said...

I would love to feel one of these. Are they hard, squishy, rubbery, sticky? They're so interesting to look at!

Dianna Wood said...

The best way I can describe them is like a candy "skittle". A smooth hard thin shell with a light weight inside. Aren't they wonderful. Not sure where you live, but if there are oak trees, check under the leaves. You may be surprised to find some of your own galls.

(Ri)Charmed said...

Very interesting! I live on the gulf coast of Florida. We are surrounded by oak trees. Here they always have spanish moss and air plants hanging from the branches. I'll have to look closer and under things!
These galls also look a lot like sea creatures that live in corral.

Dianna Wood said...

Here is a link to some galls found in Florida. Not sure how close this place is to where you live. There are thousands of species and come in all sort of sizes, colors, shapes and textures:

http://www.spacecoastwildflowers.com/2011/09/mostly-galls-turkey-creek-sanctuary.html