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September 14th 2010

A few days ago I posted a photo I took of this weird plant growing in the hedgerow, near where I walk Milo. It wasn’t a very good image because I was too far away from it and it was windy so it was a bit blurred. Today, I climbed through the nettles, brambles and spiky wild rose tendrils to get a better look at it. I’m so glad I did. The texture is amazing (click the image to enlarge it to see it properly) and it is growing on the rose so that narrows down the possibilities as to what it is – one theory is it’s a rose hip that has burst open. I’d love to know for sure, can’t seem to find anything on the internet other than a guy on Flickr who has also photographed one – and he suggested the same….

Latest: Finally tracked it down, it is a Hairy Rose Gall.

“They’re caused when a certain parasitic insect ( a Gall Wasp) lays its eggs on the stems – they secrete a chemical that provokes the plant to form these abnormal structures which the developing larva then inhabits and feeds upon.”

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