Hi folks. I was in an estate garden in Barnsley last week (Wenthworth Castle) and in the 'Stumpery' came across this cluster of pupae/larvae protected underneath a white silky sheath. It was on a rotting dry dead tree. Any ideas what they are?
Sorry no scale in photo, but the white pocket measured about 10cm top to bottom. Each wriggly thing inside seemed like the end of my little finger and there may have been 10+ under there. The covering was smooth, silky and like fine cloth.
That will be a resounding NO Bob - personally I have never come across anything like it and neither can I work it out. My inquisitive mind would have led to me opening it up - I just wouldn’t have been able to stop myself. I will pass it round a few colleagues and let's hope that one way or another we can enlighten ourselves.
Has to be said, it’s very intriguing - perhaps it's a job for Mulder and Scully?
The fact that you're stumped too intrigues me even more. My son was about to open it with a stick but I stopped him on fear of damaging something inside. Perhaps I should have taken a peek.
Fingers crossed someone knows what it/they are.....
My search is over, I think.
Not actually wriggly live things, not a bug or a pupae or eggs or silk covering.
Merely a fungus.........
Glad I can sleep soundly now at least.