Sunday, February 1, 2009

Gall Wasp in the Dead of Winter

Remember a few months ago, I had pictures up of the gall wasp egg casings (galls) I had found out on my walks? I put them in the fridge for a couple of months, then a few weeks ago, put them on a shelf in the living room. While eating supper last night, I discovered one had emerged and was on the curtains. So I scooped it up and put it under the World's Best Christmas Gift Ever and took a few pictures. This little gal is only a centimetre in length, and that includes her ovipositor. It looks like a big stinger, but it's for laying eggs. Cool, eh?





Once I was through taking pics of her I let her go in the living room.

We had a very light snowfall last night and it was finally decent enough to make my army of snowmen:


I have always been a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes. And Calvin was always making really cool snow people. Or snow monsters. Whatever. It was a good excuse to play outside. Like I really need one.

4 comments:

LISA EMRICH said...

Cool pictures. Amazing to think how small it really is, looks so big on my computer screen.

Shauna said...

Lisa,
She really is a tiny thing, but perfectly formed. That's what amazes me.

S.

BRAINCHEESE said...

ROFLMAO!!! I ADORE the little snow peeps...you need a catchy name for them, though. Like Snidgets or something...OK, I'll work on it...that wasn't my best effort.

Linda D. in Seattle

Shauna said...

Linda,
I like Snow Peeps.....that's good...we had a pile of snow, then ice pellets yesterday and I was out trying to resurrect the little guys since rain and mild temps the day before melted them. No luck.

But there will be more...Rise of the Snow Peeps...coming to a theatre near you.

S.