I don’t know how long it’s been there. I just noticed it a few days ago while walking the dog in the woods behind Bergman Park. It kept catching my eye throughout the walk – so it was fairly widespread. When I found one last example on my way back to the car, I decided I just HAD to stop for photos.
Strange, fuzzy growths on the stems of brambles – I’m not sure what kind of brambles. Whenever I see strange growths on plants that seem to be made of plant material, I think galls… I really don’t know for sure about these, though… These plants also sometimes have a wad of wilted leaves up at the end of the stem: I’ve read those ARE caused by an insect. But some plants have just this, others just the wilty leaves. It may have been a coincidence that some plants had both, just like you can find both ball and bunch galls on a single goldenrod plant.
So… any guesses from my nature nerd readers? (And I call you “nature nerds” with the greatest of affection!)