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Robin Pincushion Gall mite.
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Robin Pincushion Gall mite.

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The cause of this attractive 'deformity' is the gall wasp (Diploepsis Rosae) whih favours the leaves or stems of the dog rose when laying its eggs. The varying colours seems to depend on which part of the plant it invades.
The gall may contain several grubs, each in their own chamber where they will overwinter, emerging in spring.
The gall may be invaded by parasitic insects who use the grubs as a food source for their own offspring!

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