Eggs on Scuppernong
Hi, I stumbled upon your great website while trying to find out what these apparent eggs are on a Scuppernong (wild) leaf in our front yard woods here in Northeastern Alabama. Got any ideas? Many thanks for any help.
Your letter attracted our attention since we had no idea what a Scuppernong was. Thanks to Wikipedia, now we know a Scuppernong is a Wild Grape. These are Grape Tube Gallmakers formed by a Midge, Cecidomyia viticola. Dave’s Garden website has photos. Galls are growths on plants caused by insects (like wasps, flies or aphids), mites, fungus, bacteria, viruses and other sources. Galls can be found on leaves, stems, roots, buds and other plant parts. Most Galls are harmless, though unsightly, and a few are destructive. The Grape Tube Gallmaker is an example of a harmless Gall. The larval Midge forms the Gall and the Gall acts as the food source for the insect. The are