Subject: Pink Eggs?
Location: Northeast Florida, riverside
August 6, 2014 11:03 am
My kids and I were examining a bald cypress at a local park last week, checking out the neat cones and leaves, when we noticed many of these pink pods randomly distributed all over the leaves. I’ve searched far and wide, but haven’t figured out what they are. Are they even bug eggs? I only figured they were because no readings on cypress trees mention any growths like these, and they were so randomly placed.
Thank you so much!
Your request has been on our back burner for a few days while we have attempted an identification. Though these are not theoretically insect eggs, we do believe they are Galls. Galls are growths on plants that are often caused by insects (mainly Gall Wasps and certain types of Flies and Moths) or Mites, but sometimes they are caused by viruses or other means. Galls can form on any part of the plant, but are most common on leaves and twigs, but roots, stems and other parts of plants are not exempt. See Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension for some general information on Galls. Your Galls look nothing like the Cypress Twig Gall Midge pictured on Featured Creatures, but there are probably thousands of different types of Galls that are found on oak trees. Your Galls are also different from the Cypress Gall Midges pictured on BugGuide. Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck identifying the Galls you found on the cypress in your park.