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Spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii)

The spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii, previously Antron douglasii) induces remarkably-shaped galls which vary in color from purple to white. In addition to the main larval chamber, each gall contains an additional empty chamber, whose purpose remains a scientific mystery.

Spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii syn. Antron douglasii).  Davis, Yolo county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0011
Spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii) galls on valley oak (Quercus lobata). Yolo County, California.
GAL0011

Spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii syn. Antron douglasii).  Davis, Yolo county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0022
Spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii) galls on valley oak (Quercus lobata). Yolo County, California.
GAL0022

Spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii syn. Antron douglasii).  Davis, Yolo county, CA. Stock Photo ID=GAL0023
Spined turban gall wasp (Cynips douglasii) gall on valley oak (Quercus lobata). Yolo County, California.
GAL0023

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