The Oak Apple, actually known as an Oak Apple Gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Biorhiza pallida. It can be found between May and June on oak twigs where the female has laid her eggs in the leaf bud. Inside the gall there are a number of chambers, each housing a larva which eats its way out. Adults emerge in June and July.
My hubby spotted this oak apple on a walk through the woods, a lucky find among all the autumn leaves. I found it quite fascinating how the gall is absolutely super-glued to the oak leaf. Photographing it was great fun.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer
Wishing all my fellow bloggers a wonderful 2017 with good health and happiness!
The photo is one that I’ve just put up on my photo blog for the Weekly Photo Challenge, the theme was ‘Resilience’. These very resilient roses were still blooming a few days ago and were covered in frost! I liked the photo rather a lot, and the quote I found by Albert Camus, the French philosopher. It seems a good choice to wish you all well for the coming year, and I hope that whatever happens you’ll find your invincible summer!