Cynips minuta, n. sp.
As soon as the leaves of Quercus alba begin to expand in the spring, a few buds are occasionally seen that develop into a cluster of greatly enlarged petioles without a leaf blade, or at most only a very rudimentary one. They are three or four times the size of those of a full grown leaf, and each contains a number of larvae of the small gall insect which I have named C minuta. The larvae mature very rapidly and the imagos leave the gall about the time that the leaves are full grown. Occasionally an embryo leaf seems to have escaped the sting of the mother insect, and a fully developed leaf appears among the galls, but such instances are not common. The galls are pubescent and usually of a pinkish color. The insects are of both sexes.”
- HF Bassett: (1881) New Cynipidae (1881)©