|Early Elm Finger Gall|
Jeff Birchler, the new Watershed Center Coordinator has been finding these on field trips, causing some excitement among the students. He sent this picture for identification. The small teeth below the larger teeth suggests this an elm leaf. Many galls have a simple descriptive name and this is as simple as it gets, the Elm Leaf Finger Gall.
|Full bloom with a baby starting|
The mites overwinter as adults, nestled in bark cracks and under bud scales. When they emerge in the spring they lay eggs and their larvae look like little adults. They are so small that their method of spreading is by blowing in the wind.
|Shriveled after picking|
|Hackberry Witches' Broom|