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Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella)

The galls induced by the beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella) are among my favorites due to their vibrant red and yellow colors and distinctive shape. A green and yellow variant of this species also occurs with some regularity.

Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella), red and yellow form.  Solano county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0003
Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella) galls, red and yellow form on California scrub oak (Quercus berberidifolia). Solano county, California.
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Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella), red and yellow form.  Solano county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0004
Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella) galls, close-up of the red and yellow form. Solano county, California.
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Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella), red and yellow form.  Solano county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0005
Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella) galls, red and yellow form on California scrub oak (Quercus berberidifolia). Solano county, California.
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Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella), red and yellow form, cross section.  Solano county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0006
Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella), cross section of one of the galls revealing the developing larva within. Solano county, California.
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Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella), red and yellow form, cross section.  Solano county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0007
Beaked twig gall wasp (Disholcaspis plumbella), extreme close-up cross section of one of the galls revealing the developing larva within. Solano county, California.
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