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Pink scabs on reverse of oak leaf

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 16:46

Common spangle galls (Neuroterus quercusbaccarum) on the underside of an oak leaf (Quercus petraea) on Dundreggan. These are caused by the agamic generation of the wasps.


‘Currant’ affairs

One species of wasp (Neuroterus quercusbaccurum) develops in tiny disc-like spangle galls, which are abundant on the undersides of oak leaves in the autumn. The galls drop to the forest floor, where the grubs develop over winter under the cover of fallen oak leaves. In the spring an all-female generation emerges. These are ‘agamic’, meaning that they are able to reproduce without mating. They lay their eggs in oak buds, producing currant galls on the catkins and leaves. The sexual generation of male and female wasps emerge from the currant galls in June, mate, and then lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves. Spangle galls develop, and so the cycle continues.


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 16:38

with the dalek. I fill it up and then let it sink. I lift the whole plastic cylinder off and move it to next to pile of stuff. then I throw part rotted stuff back in again. Then it goes in the Tardis (square black thing) for maturing until next spring. I cant lift that off , so it comes apart.(4 sides and a lid that supposed to slot together) Its currently strapped up with duck tape.

olive trees

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 16:29

They grow in hot countries.

Wildlife Habitat

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 15:08

Thats really nice, obelixx.  I've got one pallet, I only need 5 more.

what are they

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 14:59

members of cucurbit family. This includes squash and gourds.  Squash are edible, gourds are mainly ornamental. Did you plant them or  were they left by someone?

Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 14:01

I put very little on my green patch. I won't call it a lawn, as it has more clover and other lawn weeds than grass. It has had a feed once in 5 years. It has been scarified for too much moss twice in five years. It is however a green patch for lounging on etc.

Much as I admire bowling green lawns, I am too lazy to put in the effort to acquire one.

I do agree with Verdun, in that any  grub killer watered on lawns now, is not going to affect most feeding  bees, unless there is flowering clover at the moment. It could affect solitary bees, and for that reason, as I know there are solitary bees in the lawn soil, I won't be treating mine.

 Watching the crane flies laying their eggs was interesting, even if they wouldn't stay still long enough for me to photo.

 I spray my lilies at the first sign of lily beetle with a systemic insecticide. It is at least 8 weeks later before they flower. Looking at the amount and variety of bees I have had this year, it does them no harm. Most everything else, I leave to its own devices. Its a hard life in my garden. If they're lucky, they get fed once a year. I water if they start drooping. After that they just get on with it.

Its all C's and D's to me.

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 13:44

You might be able to still get from Amazon

 The Victorian Kitchen Garden. by Jennifer Davies and 

The Victorian flower garden.

 Also the DVD of the BBC series the books are based on,

 Harry Dodson's Practical Kitchen Garden.  Harry Dodson was the gardener who did most of the presenting and work.

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 13:27

I've never had an email. I just look at hot threads and new discussions.

Wildlife Habitat

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:19

High rise bug hotel.   Lovely.

Wildlife Habitat

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:10

Tree icon, choose image, upload, save, submit.

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