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 Post subject: Liveoak Galls
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:30 am 
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I have lots of galls in my liveoak tree. It is interesting because there are hundreds of honey bees buzzing the tree and doing something to the galls. I understand the galls are due to wasp laying eggs, etc. Are the honey bees eating them or what?
Is this anything I should worry about?

Later in the fall I will cut back the grass, expose the root flare, and apply sick tree treatment.

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 Post subject: Re: Liveoak Galls
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:52 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Liveoak Galls
PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:04 pm 
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Thanks for the link. Still not sure what all those bees are doing to the galls...they are bees not wasps. They (the bees) must be beneficial.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:59 am 
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if you could get an image of the bees that might be useful.

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 Post subject: Re: Liveoak Galls
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:32 pm 
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Attached is a picture of the tree and several of the bees. I suprised myself and were able to get several close-ups using the "close-up flower" option. The bees did not care at all.

Background on the tree...this was a sapling that we got at Euless arbor days several years (7?) ago. I babied it in a pot for a year then planted it and babied it some more till it took hold and started growing. Now it makes a nice story! :)


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