My Cute Little Diplolepis Rosae

No this isn’t a post about Fizz, it is too dark to photograph her.

For the very same reason I am not going to show you this next picture.

Spindle BerriesThis weather has got to break soon, I don’t need bright sunshine just a little more than midnight at midday and a little less rain. Then I will attempt to do this beautiful tree justice. I just know that I can do it better and there is no point in trying to do it today.

So I am stuck indoors, except for walking Poochy. I have been working on my Easy Wildflowers project. That has been on the back burner for some time because I anticipated a down turn in the weather and thought that it would help to fill the winter months. It is nearly that time.

Do you remember our Rose Bedeguar Gall? Robin’s Pincushion?

Rose Bedeguar Gall

Rose Bedeguar Gall

Rose Bedeguar GallWell, I found myself writing about roses and one thing led to another.

The little Diplolepis rosae larvae should be going to sleep by now. In late October they stop feeding and go into a prepupal stage (a sort of stage before they become a pupa) and they over winter like that. Then around about February they moult again and become pupae.

Well I wanted to have a look inside a pincushion and this is late October so it seemed like a good time to do so.

This is the one that I left behind (a bit wet and bedraggled)…

Rose Bedeguar Galland this is the one that I brought home to live with me.

Rose Bedeguar GallThen I cracked it open to look inside.

Wow! Little animals!

Diplolepis Rosae

Diplolepis rosaeThis one with the pretty face is my favourite πŸ™‚

Diplolepis rosaeThey are not supposed to do anything now until February. I have put their Gall back together and wrapped it in leaves for now and I have put them in a flower pot in an outbuilding so that they know it’s winter.

I haven’t exposed all of the cells, most of them don’t even know that they have been captured. I want to photograph the adult wasp, it is only 4 mm long and I don’t have much chance of finding one in the wild and so I have borrowed some larvae.

Diplolepis rosaeIn the Spring I will bring them back indoors and put them in a jar and I shall watch them every day. I haven’t figured out how I am going to photograph the wasp yet but I would really like to see one and so I have to try.

So this is my plan for Easy Wildflowers. On our dull winter days I shall work on it and then I shall do a sort of resume of my days work for Tramp and it will look like this.

Hi, today I have been writing about the Town Hall Clock,Β Adoxa moschatellina and it looks like this…

Town Hall ClockHave you ever tried to get all five faces into one shot?… because I have and it is not possible.

Anyway I am not going to show you that today but I am looking forward to a bit of summer sunshine on those dark winter days.

I want to get the design right before I invest months of work into it and I am not very confident. What I have done looks good on my PC but everyone sees something different.

I have used thumbnails quite a lot and I don’t really know if this works on other devices. I don’t want to learn CSS so I might just have to abandon the thumbnails.

If you have time then please have a look and tell me if it is any good before I spend months creating a massive pile of ….stuff that doesn’t really work. I may still have to rethink the layout. Say and I shall listen πŸ™‚

Easy Wildflowers

When the sun shines I shall photograph this beautiful tree for you and for me.


38 thoughts on “My Cute Little Diplolepis Rosae”

    1. Thank you Marc πŸ™‚ I had a lot of success with Butterflies last year, including one that appeared in my flat about this time and overwintered here, which I released in March. This might work. My only reservations are that I have removed the gall from the rose (but they are not feeding any more) and I opened it (But I didn’t expose all of the cells) It is worth a try πŸ™‚


  1. When I clicked the link to the wildflowers, the new pages opened and there was a lot of information on each, so I think the way you’re doing that works very well. I’m on a PC with Windows and Chrome. Now those Pincushion pets, we’ll be waiting a while to see how all that goes. It was interesting to have a look inside.


  2. I usually avoid getting too close to the little crawlies under rocks and inside rotted logs. I will relocate earthworms to my wife’s garden, but not these guys. I am glad you took the time to get that photo – the face is pretty cute.


    1. Thanks Dan πŸ™‚ I do post quite a few creepy crawlies but a good firewall will stop them getting out of the screen. You just reminded me of something important that I forgot to say, they don’t harm the rose πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I am so looking forward to that. We keep getting “The tail end’s of hurricanes” here in the UK. We don’t get hurricanes here, I think it’s the Government πŸ™‚


  3. I just spent a wonderful half hour learning about the Dog Rose, the gall, etc. I spent it wisely. I may not remember all I read, but enough to know a bit concerning hedgerows in the UK and a great mind who puts an engrossing twist to what he offers and keeps one there to the end,
    I adore your Diplolepis Rosae. She has such a sweet face.
    I look forward to more links.


  4. I clicked on your link and i think it’s a wonderful idea. To base identification on colours ! I have a book made like this, and it’s so easy for beginners πŸ™‚ And so visual.

    After we clicked on colours, maybe we could choose the number of petals ? or other morphological characters ? It’s like making an identification key but with visual pictures. It would be so easy and awesome.

    I hope I made myself clear πŸ™‚

    I’ve firefox and it looks ok to me !


    1. Thank you Gin πŸ™‚ I have thought about adding “How many Petals” and also “Season”. I may add features like that when I get so many flowers under one “colour” that it becomes difficult to find the one you want.

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  5. Colin do you have a secondary school nearby? Maybe they would lend you a bell jar so when the wasp emerges it would be captured ,”cos I wanna see it too. Or a small fish tank with a glass lid. Or a whole lot of luck.


    1. Thanks John πŸ™‚ That is kind of my plan, to move them into a container where I can wait and watch for wasps to appear. The problem that I am anticipating is getting the little wasp to sit still and pose for pictures πŸ™‚ I have no plans to publish just to create an on line guide.

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    1. Many thanks Emily πŸ™‚ At the moment new posts are being created as pages which won’t show in your reader but I am thinking of changing that because I can’t apply tags/labels to pages. Work in progress but thanks for following. Tramp will always keep you updated anyway πŸ™‚


  6. I am looking forward to seeing if you are able to photograph the wasp. Lovely to see the cause of the Robin’s Pincushion. I enjoyed the spindle photo. also think the Easy Wild Flowers is going to be marvelous.


  7. Colin, I’m always looking for straightforward flower guides. From the look of your new format, I think this is a winner. My endless frustration with the many guide books I own is that they fail to show the flower and leaf. And it’s always really helpful to know what kind of terrain their growing in. Good luck with this project. Looking forward to the results.


    1. Thanks Melissa πŸ™‚ I have the same problem as I am constantly trying to identify new wildflowers and the guides currently available are just not that helpful. So I am making my own. It won’t help me to identify flowers that I don’t know but it should help me to remember things πŸ™‚

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  8. Would it be cheating if you photographed with a card behind Adoxa for contrast? I know I’m telling on myself, but I’ve done that. It is lovely.
    Fizz improves any shot.


    1. Thanks Ibeth πŸ™‚ I often just cup my hand around behind a flower to separate it from the background. I never seem to have a piece of card when I need one. I quite like Stephen’s (Snowgood) Idea of using a small mirror and will put a couple in my camera bag. The Adoxa is shaped like a perfect cube with the stem coming up on the bottom face. It has four flowers facing North, South, East and West and one on top. The flowers are arranged a bit like clock faces on a tower, hence the name Town Hall Clock but showing that in a two dimensional photograph is a bit difficult πŸ™‚


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