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Species Atrusca quercuscentricola - Spotted Oak Apple Gall Wasp

Unknown gall wasp - Atrusca quercuscentricola Oak Apple Gall? - Atrusca quercuscentricola Oak Apple Gall? - Atrusca quercuscentricola Oak Apple Gall? - Atrusca quercuscentricola Cynipini Gall - Atrusca quercuscentricola Cynipini Gall - Atrusca quercuscentricola Cynipini Gall - Atrusca quercuscentricola Oak Apple Gall Wasp? - Atrusca quercuscentricola
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Cynipoidea
Family Cynipidae (Gall Wasps)
Tribe Cynipini (Oak Gall Wasps)
Genus Atrusca
Species quercuscentricola (Spotted Oak Apple Gall Wasp)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cynips quercuscentricola Osten Sacken, 1861
Cynips centricola
Atrusca centricola
Remarks
Larvae develop in galls on the underside of post oak (Quercus stellata) leaves in the fall: "Globular, thin-shelled leaf gall, spotted and sometimes tinged with pink and covered with a white bloom, internally a filament supported cell, diameter 1/2 to 3/4 inch." (1) The galls are usually single. Larvae pupate and reach adulthood by late November or early December. (2)
Works Cited
1.Plant Galls and Gall Makers
Ephraim Porter Felt. 1940. Comstock Publishing Company, Inc., Ithaca NY.
2.Cynipid Galls of the Eastern United States
Lewis H. Weld. 1959. Privately printed in Ann Arbor, Michigan.