Insect gall from a few days ago

You may remember this image of an insect gall from a few days ago. These small, English pea-sized galls are numerous on some of the younger branches of Kirby's hackberry trees. It's easy to spot them as you walk along the Boardwalk. In my earlier post, I promised to reveal what lives inside. These galls are specifically called Hackberry bud galls and the inhabitants are called Psyllids. These small, winged insects spend their fall and winter as immature nymphs living inside the gall. It's a pretty cozy setup for the juvenile insect. Details in part 3! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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