Could anyone ID this please? I think it is an egg case as it has a similar set up to a lacewing case. I found it on a piece of wood that was destined for the fire. The case itself is appx 3mm diameter and the stalk is appx 7mm. It really is the most beautifully woven copper basket around an inner white case that comes to a point near to where the stalk begins. Any help much appreciated as I am quite fascinated!!
I don't think this is an insect egg case, but rather a spider's egg sac. It could belong to a pirate spider (or spider eater), family Mimetidae. Ero cambridgei and Ero furcata are common in Britain. Here is an example.
These spiders are nomadic, don't spin webs, and kill other spiders and eat them.
I hope this is what it is.
Message was edited by: Florin - Museum ID team
Having tried googling Eros cambridgei and only finding results of Eros, the god of love, in the spiderman film I couldn't help wondering if the error was with your spell check or the subconcious effects of the burgeoning spring on your being... :-)
Either way thank you for the inadvertant smile and amusing diversion before alightling on Ero cambridgei, and her amazing egg case in all her wonderful beauty.