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Apr 3, 2013 9:50 AM

Identification of garden insect eggs

Hello

My parents have found some unusual insect eggs in their garden in gravel and soil areas. Through leeching of rainwater and minerals from the garden soil, the eggs have been found gathered in certain areas. They are distinctly round and spongey, grey-blue in colour and the size and appearance of silver sugar cake decoration balls.

 

I've been told that if they had been white opaque in colour they are likely to be snail or slug eggs but as they're grey then no

I've kept some in jam jar as pictured in the photo. Any ideas if they are a common bug or possibly some new infestation? My parents have not come across them before.

 

Thanks

annabelyg

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    Apr 3, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to annabelyg)
    Re: Identification of garden insect eggs

    Not an answer at this stage; just some thoughts...

     

    Slug/snail eggs darken before hatching, but yours still do not look quite right for that.

    I'm tempted to suggest they are seeds rather than eggs, but the sponginess does make eggs more likely.

    Stag beetle eggs become grey and round, but they are only about 2mm diameter, which I think is smaller than yours (http://maria.fremlin.de/stagbeetles/lctable.html).

     

    If they hatch before somebody identifies them, please post another photo here!

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    Apr 3, 2013 1:03 PM (in response to annabelyg)
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    From their appearance / size, plant seeds were my first thought too.

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    Sep 7, 2014 7:01 PM (in response to annabelyg)
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    Hi,

     

    We have moved into a 'new' house and found very similar things. The first were in the cupboard housing the boiler, the next lot were behind an old wooden coat hook stand thing which was mounted to the porch wall. Most fell onto the carpet, but some were stuck to the bricks and wood.

     

    I cut into one, but it just spongy and almost like rubber. I hope we don't have an infestation or are about to have one. Did the things in the original picture get identified?  I have a few more images if needed.

     

    Regards,

     

    PaulM

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      Sep 7, 2014 8:37 PM (in response to PaulM)
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      Paul,

       

      Welcome to NaturePlus.

       

      AFAIK, no ID was made.

       

      We would be interested to see your photos, please.

      As well as the objects themselves, was there any web / casing / cement / other material?

       

      Mike

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        Sep 7, 2014 9:53 PM (in response to MikeHardman)
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        Hi Mike,

         

        I have thrown all I have found out, but if I find any more I will send them.

         

        I have attached some photos. I didn't find any web or other material, just as they are in the photos. They are about 4-5mm in diameter.

         

        I had hoped they were some sort of packing material, as they do feel kind of rubbery. I haven't been able to find any animal droppings that look the same, although (hopefully) they could be quite old and may look different.

         

        Paul

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        Sep 7, 2014 9:57 PM (in response to MikeHardman)
        Re: Identification of garden insect eggs

        Hi Mike,

         

        I have thrown all I have found out, but if I find any more I will send them.

         

        I have attached some photos. I didn't find any web or other material, just as they are in the photos. They are about 4-5mm in diameter.

         

        I had hoped they were some sort of packing material, as they do feel kind of rubbery. I haven't been able to find any animal droppings that look the same, although (hopefully) they could be quite old and may look different.

         

        Paul

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