Failed insect husbandry

Curious about the critter(s) inhabiting this very common gall on Quercus turbinella, I brought a half-dozen back from my most recent visit to Rackensack Canyon. I placed them in a pint canning jar and covered it with cheesecloth. Within a couple of days, this wasp emerged; it's identical to an individual I photographed in the field. The next day it was joined by this adult wasp (presumably - jointed antennae).

I intended to return them to Rackensack the next morning, but it turns out that a single layer of cheesecloth is not an impermeable barrier to these guys. They took it on the wing and they or their remains are somewhere here in the house.

Anotado por stevejones stevejones, agosto 17, sábado 22:12

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stevejones

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Agosto 6, 2019 07:32 AM MST

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Host Quercus turbinella; extremely common in the canyon

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stevejones

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Agosto 6, 2019 09:33 AM MST

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stevejones

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Agosto 11, 2019 04:17 PM MST

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Emerged from the gall. Same species as in this observation.

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stevejones

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Agosto 11, 2019 04:21 PM MST

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Length 4-5 mm. Emerged from the gall.

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I couldn't help but laugh and think how much worse it could have been. I'm sure there are lots of entomologists with horror stories!

Excellent photos!

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