This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent sent us, some time ago, a beautiful burr-like gall on a rose leaf. Any such pretty thing sent to the writer of the following letter from any reader of the Gardener's Monthly will be appreciated by Mr. Bassett.
Waterbury, Conn., May 6, 1878.
"The galls seem to be the Rhodites bicolor, but this species is not common here, and I have never seen young galls on our rose-bushes, and the mature ones always appear to come from a bud rather than from a leaf.
I shall be greatly obliged if you can send me some of these galls late in the Summer or in Autumn.
The gall-flies of Rhodites bicolor winter in the galls, and the flies made their appearance ten days ago (here) from galls collected this Spring.
I should be pleased to hear whether the Strawberry has a gall on the petiole in your district, also if there are any affecting the canes of the various varieties of red Raspberries.
Diastrop'us turgidus, Bassett, is found here on the"Philadelphia" and the"red Antwerps," and farther north on the common Wild Red".