Monday, 9 September 2013
Anybody know what this is?
Every Autumn our wild roses in the hedgerows about the farm are covered in these tiny fuzzy balls. When we were children we always called them 'Robins pincushions' and I know they are some kind of gall (a growth on the stem of a plant, which houses a parasite of some kind). They are so pretty that it would be a shame if they housed some really nasty thing and did harm to the plant, but I can't think they do because each year we have a magnificent show of wild roses. Can anyone enlighten me? I shall now pop over to Stuart Dunlop's blog (Donegal Wildlife) as he is marvellous at identification and will surely provide an answer.