There are ALIENS among US!

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    Mar 26, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    Took this picture today. I have no idea what these spiky clumped masses are on this small tree branch. It was covered with them. Aliens? Anyone have any idea?

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    Mar 26, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    Alien testicles?
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    Mar 26, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidAlien testicles?


    I knew it!
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    Mar 26, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    Come back after you find an alien penis.
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Alien butterflies or wasps?
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Apparently it's crown gall, a bacterial infection many plants get that forms swellings. I guess the horns are called tendrils.
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    Mar 26, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    That's so cool! Great pic!
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    Mar 26, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    Those are galls. Various bacteria, viruses, and insects can cause them by secreting (or causing the plant to secrete) plant hormones. The profusion of shoots sticking out of that one is a clue. The parasite gets food and a home from it.
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    Mar 26, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    The truth is stranger than fiction! icon_cool.gificon_idea.gif
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    Mar 26, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidApparently it's crown gall, a bacterial infection many plants get that forms swellings. I guess the horns are called tendrils.


    Those are more likely wasp galls. Cut one open and you may find a bunch of wasp larvae.

    edit: or saw it carefully with something like a japanese trim saw. Sometimes they have interesting internal structures.
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    Mar 26, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    Those are insect galls (likely a midge or wasp).

    They're similar to the burls you find on trees.
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Glad you asked as I have these on one of my young live oaks and was going to ask the extention service to identify.

    So, I guess then that if they are galls, that this branch has got a lotta gall
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    And here's a fresh one. It looks like something has gotten under the bark to form the gall. When I saw the older ones I thought something had attached to the tree but now I guess it is internal.
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    Here's what might be a pic of the alien's escape hatch
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    I thought you were talking about hot immigrants!icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    Those insects making a home on a plant like that. What GALL! icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    It's all Obama's fault. Or maybe the Republicans.

    Wait, what were we talking about?
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    Mar 26, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    Pfft it's already been proven that aliens HAVE made contact with mankind. In fact, they've already taken powerful positions within our society. Here's proof:

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    Mar 26, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    This pic is making me itch man.

    buddha_the_god saidPfft it's already been proven that aliens HAVE made contact with mankind. In fact, they've already taken powerful positions within our society. Here's proof:

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    Mar 27, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidTook this picture today. I have no idea what these spiky clumped masses are on this small tree branch. It was covered with them. Aliens? Anyone have any idea?
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