June 18, 2015

Mystery of the Tiny Bouncing Spheres

What’s shaped like a ball and white, less than a millimeter in diameter, and bounces like a Mexican jumping bean?. Jumping oak galls; they form around the larvae of tiny wasps as they feed on leaves. As the larvae mature, the galls fall to the ground, where they overwinter and the stingless wasps emerge as adults the following spring.



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