Leftwood said:From your link, I clicked on the "coccid" link, under the Gall subheading: http://www.alicespringsdesertp...
The Desert Bloodwood Tree (Corymbia opaca) is host to an unusual female coccid insect which forms a gall around itself. Galls are swellings on the stems or leaves of plants. The coccid's name is Cystococcus pomiformis and her gall is called a "bush coconut". The adult female is a yellowy-green colour and has no legs, wings or antennae.
I don't see anywhere (on either page) that the insect invades the fruit. Did I miss something, or are you jumping to an erroneous conclusions?
Interesting point you raise Rick; it leads me to further reading into this tree and it's traits. I'd understood that the seed, becomes a hard fruit called a gumnut. This is what I'd interpreted to have been invaded by the insect, so perhaps I'm barking up the wrong tree with this assumption. Know, I should never assume anything.
I'm more than happy to write to The Desert Park and enquire further and I will update this thread.
Appreciate your interest, and helping to verify, what potentially could be mis-interpretation on my behalf. The gall itself, could well be something quite separate to the gumnut, and it appear to be so.