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Slime Mold

Slime Mold
North Hatley, Eastern Townships County, Quebec, Canada
May 28, 2006
Size: 1 inch
Is this an egg case? Found on a dead elm tree trunk 4 ft from the ground, north side end of May 2006. Located in southern Quebec, about 40 miles north of the Vermont/Quebec border.Can anyone identify?

Enteridium lycoperdon?
Looks like Enteridium lycoperdon, a slime mold.


Egg sac
It seems awfully large for a spider egg sac?

Slime mold
That's why it's in this section--see guide page.

I wasn't sure what had been decided. I change the title to make it clear.

Moved from Unsolved bug-related mysteries. Thanks Kathie--I've created a new section for images that I think are worth keeping around, of objects that seemed like they could have been "bug"-related but aren't after all.

it's a slime mold
I'm no slime mold expert, but I bet this is Enteridium or Reticularia. If you broke it open it would've been full of tiny, powdery spores.

Enteridium lycoperdon?
I agree with you about Enteridium.

This is a most perplexing thing. It could possibly be a spider egg sac, and I suppose that's about the only option unless it's some sort of fungus. It doesn't closely resemble any I've seen. Your photo made it to the back page of ID Request without anyone commenting, so evidently you've got everybody stumped. I've moved it to the "unsolved bug-related mysteries" page for the time being to save it from being deleted. I will keep an eye out for other things like this... if you ever find another, it would be worth taking a peek inside.

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