Fuzzy brown something
By Aaron Horrell
This photo shows several small balls of brown/orange fluff that I found tucked away between sticks of firewood inside a woodshed. I suspect that a native deer mouse put them there as the beginnings of a nest, but I have no proof.
I have seen these tiny tufts of fur-like stuff on fallen oak leaves during autumn and early winter. My research points to a tiny seldom-seen wasp called an oak gall wasp. The wasp will lay an egg inside the skin of a live oak leaf during summer. A pinhead size gall called the spiny oak gall will form and as the egg grows into a larvae the gall will grow its fuzz.