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Can anyone tell me what this is??

Posted by ggwrn 7NC (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 28, 10 at 22:31

Hi,
This is my first time visiting this forum in quite a while. I am hoping that someone can id this cocoon/egg sac or whatever it is for me (I posted at the insect forum also, but this forum looks a little more active). These two fuzzy looking balls were on a very tiny limb/branch on an oak tree. They look like someone took two little pom poms and stuck them on the limb. I didn't touch them, so I don't know if they are hard or soft. The reddish dots are pretty much evenly spaced on the balls.
I live in the piedmont area of North Carolina in case that helps.

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RE: Can anyone tell me what this is??

Interesting....
But i have no idea
You might try http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/namegal/

lots of activity/knowledge
over there.

Here is a link that might be useful: name that plant


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RE: Can anyone tell me what this is??

rhizo_1 at the insect forum identified them for me. They are wool sower galls. I have lived here my whole life and have never seen one before. They look very out of place stuck on a tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wool sower gall


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RE: Can anyone tell me what this is??

How cool! I saw these years ago & never knew what they were, but also never forgot what they looked like. They were in a wooded area we used to camp in, near a creek & all of my friends & I guessed various notions of what those fuzzies were but no one guessed a gall. I am ever amazed by the knowledge on these forums.
Susan


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