Definition of spangle gall in English:

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spangle gall

noun

A reddish disc-shaped gall that forms on the undersides of oak leaves in response to the developing larva of a gall wasp. It results from eggs laid in the summer and alternates with the currant gall within the annual cycle.
  • The wasp is Neuroterus quercusbaccarum, family Cynipidae.
Example sentences
  • In autumn flat spangle galls form on the back of leaves, the leaves fall and females emerge next spring.
  • Parasitic wasps lay their eggs in leaves, twigs and buds causing galls such as the spangle gall and oak apple.
  • Numbers of spangle galls decreased in larger tree populations possibly due to larger numbers of insect parasitoids.

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