Andricus quercuscalifornicus usda buffington

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This is picture 3 from a 12 picture invited series by Matt Buffington ( at the USDA Parastitic Hymentoptera group using specimens from the U.S. Natural History Museum Smithsonian. Matt uses a system very similar to ours to photograph and stack this super tiny wasp. As majestic as the Golden State itself,we present Andricus quercuscalifornicus. This oak gall wasp (Cynipini) is a common species in California, producing 'oak apples' on the singular and mysterious valley oak (Quercus lobata).

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USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab