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But you wouldn’t want to eat them! These are oak apples, the incredible creations of the larvae of the wasp Biorhiza pallida. By a magical process of chemical interaction, the larvae force the buds of the Pedunculate Oak to change and produce these galls, which the larvae call home until they’re ready to develop into their next stage of life.

A couple of the young oak trees in some fields near where I live are proving particularly attractive to these wasps so they have a bounty of apples growing on them this year. Yet another of Nature’s miracles!

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