Weird, Dr. Seuss-looking flower discovered in Texas park isn’t a flower at all

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Weird, Dr. Seuss-looking flower discovered in Texas park isn’t a flower at all

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T. Creswell, Purdue University, Bugwood.org
Texas rangers discovered a strange, Dr. Suess-like flower, similar to the one pictured above, but it’s not a flower at all.

 

It’s white with big pink spots all over it, and if you didn’t know better, you’d swear it was a flower that jumped right off the page of a Dr. Seuss children’s book.

But it’s not a flower at all. It’s called a wool sower gall and it’s been getting a lot of attention since Texas park rangers at Atlanta State Park near Texarkana discovered one on Tuesday.

The galls are created when a wool sower wasp lays its eggs in a white oak, park officials said.

“When the eggs hatch in the spring, chemicals on the grubs stimulate the plant to produce this gall, which provides food and protection for the growing wasps,” park officials said on Facebook.

Park officials said their Facebook post on the sower gall is getting a lot of attention as interested nature lovers look for more information on the colorful gall.

 

 

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