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A handy-sized photographic field guide that aims to help both beginners and experts alike to learn more about some of the conspicuous, picturesque and even bizarre galls and what causes them in the first place. Prepared by members of the British Plant Gall Society with the aim of encouraging an augmented interest in the topic and an increase in younger naturalists who will continue studying this fascinating subject into the future.
- Introduction - what are galls and what causes them 5
- Oak galls 13
- Galls on other trees and shrubs 31
- Galls on herbaceous plants 70
- Further reading 90
- Acknowledgments 94
- Index of host plants 95
- The British Plant Gall Society 96
Michael Chinery is best-known for his field guides to insects and other creepy-crawlies, especially those that occur in our gardens, and for his numerous books encouraging young people to explore and enjoy the countryside and its wildlife. Insects and wild flowers fascinated him from a very early age and this inevitably led to an interest in plant galls, with their intimate mix of plant and animal life. He joined the British Plant Gall Society soon after its formation in 1985, and has been the Society's journal, "Cecidology", since 1990.