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Macro photos highlight the colorful, whimsical plant growths caused by cynipid wasps

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#Macro
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#plants

June 30, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Timothy Boomer, shared with permission

When a herbivorous insect such as an aphid or mite needs a place to feed and reproduce, it sometimes grasps a tiny section of a plant where it produces or abnormal growth bile. These fabric pouches provide shelter and nourishment for the maker, and while some unsightly blemishes may be on the host, others, like these brightly colored growths of cynipid wasps, are bizarrely beautiful additions to the otherwise green leaves. Photographed by Timothy BoomerThe macro shots capture the imperceptible details of the galls, which appear like fairytale mushroom houses, prickly sea urchins, and blurry, striped domes. See more of the bizarre growths that typically only cause cosmetic damage to the host plant Instagram and Boomer’s websitewhere you can also purchase prints.

#insects
#Macro
#Nature
#plants

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