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Species Diastrophus cuscutaeformis - Blackberry Seed Gall Wasp

Diastrophus cuscutaeformis Diastrophus cuscutaeformis predated galls? - Diastrophus cuscutaeformis Blackberry colonial gall - Diastrophus cuscutaeformis Blackberry seed gall- Diastrophus cuscutaeformis - Diastrophus cuscutaeformis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Cynipoidea
Family Cynipidae (Gall Wasps)
Tribe Diastrophini
Genus Diastrophus
Species cuscutaeformis (Blackberry Seed Gall Wasp)
Explanation of Names
Author: Osten Sacken, 1863
The species name is clearly a reference to the gall's resemblance to a cluster of dodder (Cuscuta) fruits.