Knopper Gall

Name: Knopper Gall

Scientific name: Andricus quercuscalicis

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 50

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About: The knopper gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp called Andricus quecuscalicis. It can be found on acorns, on oak trees. The wasp has a second generation which live in the buds of Turkey Oak.

How to identify: Unmistakeable, a weird nobbly bowl-shaped gall that grows on acorns.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 20
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: The Knopper Gall Wasp first arrived in Britain in the 1960s and is now widespread.

Photograph credit: Yersinia pestis  

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