Red Cone Gall Wasp
( Andricus kingi )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Andricus kingi
(Bassett ,1900 )
Common Name:Red Cone Gall Wasp
Life Stage:(G) gall

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Hymenoptera
Suborder:Apocrita
Family:Cynipidae
Subfamily:Cynipinae
Tribe:Cynipini
Genus:Andricus
Taxon Code:HYM02065
ITIS/TSN:705625

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Sycamore Grove/Veteran's Park, Sycamore Grove/Veteran's Park, 5211 Arroyo Road, Livermore
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01080149

RECOGNITION

BIOLOGY
The adult female lays her eggs inside the leaves of the host tree. They hatch and start eating the leaf, which causes the plant to form a hard structure in order to wall off the irritant. This gall is just what the insect needs, though: more plant tissues to eat. The larva pupates and develops into an adult wasp before it emerges.
Food
Quercus lobata, the Valley Oak (larvae)
Importance
Galls normally cause only minor damage to the host plant
Importance
Galls normally cause only minor damage to the host plant

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Andricus kingi - Red Cone Gall Wasp. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/43238). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
ITIS.
Russo, Ron. Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States. California Natural History Guides. University of California Press. 2006.


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