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The warm, winter temperatures (above freezing) at the end of this week have brought out various winter insects throughout Ann Arbor. But only one was observed at Black Pond during my visits. On Thursday, as soon as we stopped to film the overview scene above the pond, Jameson, age 3, stated that he “saw an ant.” Sure enough, there was a small ant-like insect on top of the snow. Unless I hear otherwise, we’re gonna call this a gall wasp, of the insect family, Cynipidae. Classified in the order, Hymenoptera, gall wasps are related to ants. These insects hatch from underground galls on oak roots, gall wasps are wingless and reproduce without males.