gall wasp


Definition of gall wasp

: any of a family (Cynipidae) of hymenopterous gallflies

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Recent Examples on the Web Upon hatching, the larva assumes control of its parasite neighbor, compelling the hapless gall wasp to chew through the wood in a bid for freedom. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Parasitic Crypt-Keeper Wasp Manipulates the Minds of Seven Fellow Insect Species," 27 Sep. 2019 Crypt-keeper larvae then burrow into the gall wasp hatchlings. Fox News, "'Crypt-keeper' wasp able to control the minds of its victims," 27 Sep. 2019 Anna Ward for The Forbes Lab, The University of Iowa To deposit its eggs, the parasitic oak gall wasp pierces a leaf or stem with its ovipositor, a long tubelike organ that would be a stinger if this wasp were the kind that stings. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "There Are Parasitic Wasps, and Then There’s the Crypt-Keeper," 27 Sep. 2019 According to New Scientist’s Michael Le Page, researchers initially thought the crypt-keeper targeted just one species of gall wasp. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Parasitic Crypt-Keeper Wasp Manipulates the Minds of Seven Fellow Insect Species," 27 Sep. 2019 Entomologist Elijah Talamas confirmed the miniature pompoms to be fuzzy leaf galls, the handiwork of a tiny bug called a gall wasp, also known scientifically as callirhytis infuscate. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando’s fuzzy balls are back," 22 Oct. 2014 These are galls from one of a number of oak gall wasps., "Tips for success when planting under conifer and maple trees? Ask an expert," 8 June 2019 The gall wasp causes a tumour-like disease on eucalyptus trees — and the parasitic wasp is one of their predators. Fox News, "Wasps bred as biological warfare agents," 25 May 2018 Native to the southeastern United States, this species lays its egg inside the tiny, wooden chambers that another parasitic wasp species, the gall wasp (Bassettia pallida), carves out in sand live oak trees. Andrew Forbes, National Geographic, "New Crypt-Keeper Wasp Is Parasite That Bursts From Host's Head," 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of gall wasp

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Gall wasp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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