Wordless Wednesday: What on Earth is This?

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23 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: What on Earth is This?

  1. Looks like a fungi ? Did you touch it ?

  2. Hmmm… a powder puff mushroom?

  3. I want to know – what is it?

  4. Cathy says:

    It looks enormous on the photo, but is it what we used to call ‘cuckoo spit’? Some kind of insect larvae are in there perhaps!

    • Cathy says:

      It is about the size of a marshmallow so a fair size – and I wasn’t sure if it was fungus or insect larva but you may have read that the mystery has been solved

  5. Anna says:

    My initial reaction is the same as Cathy’s ie ‘cuckoo spit’ but then it seems a bit too early on in the season. Is the mystery blob decorating the ivy or another plant?

    • Cathy says:

      It is on the old piece of tree, Anna, and the ivy is just a coincidence – you may have read that it is indeed a fungus

  6. Olga says:

    Intriguing! ❤

  7. johnvic8 says:

    It couldn’t be an exploded golf ball left by a casual Golfer passing by? Whatever, I wouldn’t want to be around when you smash it open. Please do a followup on this one.

  8. Could it be a spider’s nest? We shall be in suspense waiting to hear what emerges from the cocoon ….

  9. croftgarden says:

    It’s a slime mould (Myxomycete) found on daed wood, often gateposts or fences. No common name, although I have seen it referred to a False Puffball, it is Reticularia lycoperdon (http://www.outerhebridesfungi.co.uk/species.php?id=188). It will turn brown and form a crust before it releases spores.

    • Cathy says:

      I thought I would be able to rely on you or Mr Croft Garden – thank you so much for identifying this, something I have not seen before in our garden or anywhere else

  10. Difficult to tell from here. Fungus or insect case. ???

  11. FlowerAlley says:

    You were making s’mores and the gooey marshmallow flew off the end of your stick and stick to this bush. You can still eat it if it’s been less than 5 seconds ago.

    • Cathy says:

      Haha! I thought it looked a bit like a splatted marshmallow too 😉 ps ‘they’ now say it’s safe to pick up and eat after half an hour now…

  12. Chloris says:

    I’ ve never seen anything like it, what a good thing you have knowledgeable blogging friends, who would have thought it was a fungus? I would have thought some sort of chrysalis.

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