Saturday, April 11, 2015

Creosote Galls

I'm writing an article about creosote. Again.
"A second type of creosote-specific insect is the gall midge. It is not one but several species of Asphondylia flies. They induce the plant to produce leafy galls which were smoked like tobacco by the Paiute. Interestingly, the flies are in an obligate symbiosis with a fungus that lines the interior of the gall, supplying food for the larvae and perhaps, a reason for smoking the galls."

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