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Robin’s pincushions are the amazing gall structures created on Dog roses by the larvae of Diplolepis rosae, the Bedeguar gall wasp.

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I’ve seen the bright red galls many times during the summer months but I’ve not looked for them in the winter, so it was interesting today to find these and to see the very obvious holes where the adult wasps have hatched out. If it hadn’t been raining, I would have broken one off and brought it home for a closer look inside … maybe next week.

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