The leaf that grew...a ball! by slava

The leaf that grew...a ball!

A sick leaf, maybe??
cool and beautifully photographed. I'm guessing an insect cocoon of some kind.
April 24th, 2010  
Thank you, William! I think your guess is probably right. I wanted to poke it, but I was afraid of what I'd find inside... Let the bug live! ;-)
April 24th, 2010  
Hi Slava, I'm assuming by the leaf in the picture this is an oak...It looks like what is called a "leaf gall insect". It is a "coccoon" of sorts. The leaf actually grows around the egg case..pretty cool if you like bugs..lol.
Not much you can do about it, and they cause very little damage, if any, to the tree itself. Worst case scenario is the tree will drop it's leave a week or two early in the fall....photo wise, I like it alot...nice focusing and color.
April 24th, 2010  
*p.s.
I have also seen these on maple trees as well
April 24th, 2010  
TJ, you are my botanic guru!!! You seem to know everything about trees, shrubs and bugs!! Thanks for the comment and the amazing info!!! I'll leave the thing alone - no need to harm it, when it's so pretty! :-)
April 24th, 2010  
lol...Thanks...I'm not exactly a "guru" but I've dealt with my share of bug things..lol Before getting into Information Technology, I was in the pest business for many years....
April 24th, 2010  
Slava, you have a great eye and photographed this very nicely. I've seen these before, but had no idea what they were. I'm glad someone had the answer.
April 24th, 2010  
I'm so excited I came to your picture and the comments exchange you've been having...*Fascinating*! William and TJ have so many wonderful "outdoors" and "woodsy" photos, I'm not surprised they're well versed. I just love getting to know people better in this fashion! Awesome!

Your picture of the leaf was beautifully photographed, Slava, and was obviously a text-book example of a leaf-gall insect! Who knew?!

Thank you so much for your sweet note on my "announcement". I've been so pleased you and some of my favorite people dropped by today; it was a delight to share!
April 24th, 2010  
love d green!
April 24th, 2010  
It IS a really cool green and like the transparently-ness [I know, I know... it not really a word].
April 24th, 2010  
Thanks for the botany lesson. What a gorgeous green.
April 24th, 2010  
Wow! I've never seen this...but then I guess I haven't been looking for it either. It's amazing the things that you find when you look for things! Nice colors!
April 24th, 2010  
lovely green!!!!
April 24th, 2010  
Slava, this is beautiful!
The colour is gorgeous!
And I loved learning about it from our "botanist", too!
April 24th, 2010  
Aw, poor leaf! xD This is a really cool shot, it's great that you notice these things, you're clearly a very observant person!
April 24th, 2010  
Oh, the greens are so beautiful and the light coming through from behind the leaf makes this shot special!
April 24th, 2010  
Tnank you so much everyone, for your wonderful comments!!! I am so glad I stumbled upon this curious leaf, so we can have such a wonderful discussion!! ;-)))
April 24th, 2010  
*Thank you, of course ;-)
April 25th, 2010  
I popped in to thank you for your comment on my market photo and got a botany lesson. Your close up of the leaf and attachment are really perfect, how cool that someone on 365 knew what it was and could explain it so well. I wanted to tell you that produce doesn't last more than a day or two in Vietnam either which is why the women go to the market twice a day. Even in the refrigerator it goes bad quickly.
April 25th, 2010  
you have a great eye for details and i'm glad that TJ could explain what the green ball is all about i must pay more attention as i havn't seen one on the oak leaves.
April 27th, 2010  
Slava i like your pictures and explanations of them or famous "quotes" very much and think i will follow you now.
April 27th, 2010  
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