Found this grown on one tree

Asked May 22, 2019, 6:16 PM EDT

I have found many of these growths on one small oak tree. Cut one open and very juicy.

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

These are galls from one of a number of oak gall wasps. The likely species in this case is California gallfly (Andricus californicus), which is known for the large apple-like galls that it stimulates the oaks to grow. Gall wasps or their larvae produce chemicals (phytotoxins) that stimulate the host plant to grow the gall structures. Galls provide a relatively safe and nutritious place for the young wasps to develop. See the links below for more information.