Callirhytis quercusgemmaria

Family: Cynipidae | Genus: Callirhytis
Detachable: detachable
Color: red, green
Texture: honeydew, hairless, ribbed, ruptured/split
Abdundance: common
Shape: conical, cluster, cylindrical
Season: Summer, Fall, Spring
Alignment: erect
Location: stem
Cells: monothalamous
Possible Range:i
Common Name(s):
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Cynipid galls of the eastern United States

Callirhytis gemmaria

Quercus catesbaei [laevis], cinerea [incana], falcata, ilicifolia, imbricaria, laurifolia, myrtifolia, nigra, rubra, texana [buckleyi]
Stem galls, detachable
Fig 155. Small ribbed galls in early spring, secreting honeydew when young, dropping when mature in fall. When parasitized they do not drop but enlarge, become woody and persist over winter.

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On Q cinerea [incana]. On all the red oaks. Galls secrete honeydew, drop when mature. Rearing record needed. Gates observed galls on Wayah Bald NC in 1937. Galls were on previous year's growth of every twig of every tree affected over an area of 600 acres, on red oak, none affected below 5100 feet. From 20-2000 galls on one twig. Most mature by early July. Start dropping by the middle of August. If the twig is girdled by the galls the new growth dies and turns brown and the extent of the infestation is visible from a distance because of the color. Trees were 70-75% defoliated. No galls were found in 1938 or in 1939. In 1940 there was a heavy infestation again, the area larger and the line of demarcation not so sharp. This will kill the trees and create a bald he thinks.

- LH Weld: (1959) Cynipid galls of the eastern United States©


Further Information:
Peter Price, Warren Abrahamson, Mark Hunter, George Melika

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