Hackberry bud galls on a hackberry branch along the boardwalk

Hackberry bud galls on a hackberry branch along the boardwalk. Earlier, I told you that the nymphs of a small winged insect called a Psyllid live inside over the winter. I did carefully dissect one of the galls to see the nymph but they are hard to photograph. Think of the gall as a winter home for the nymph with everything that it needs to survive the winter and develop into an adult. For food the immature insect just feeds on the the inside of the gall. It's like a bedroom and hackberry fast food all in one! My thanks to Jerry Butler for the photo of the adult. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby
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