My wife noticed what looked like a flower growing out of a leaf on her Chinese Jade. Obviously flowers don't grow out of leaves (do they?). It was incredibly small and I attempted to photograph it. Here it is side on...
As can be seen, it consists of a number of small white structures on the end of very fine filaments. Viewed from the top these structures happen to be arranged in the shape of a flower but I'm convinced this is not significant.
I assume this is some sort of fungus but can anyone confirm that? Assuming this is a parasitoid, is there any treatment. (We live in Spain in case that is relevant.)
These are eggs of a lacewing; the eggs are laid on threadlike stalks to deter egg predators. Some species lay eggs individually, though in loose batches, while others lay them in these bunches. I guess by now they will have hatched - any chance of an update?
The two that were on their own under the main bunch in the original photo have disappeared. I can't see any larvae on the plant but I suppose they wouldn't necessarily have stayed on that plant. Maybe the eggs had already hatched when I took the first photos.
The link was interesting. Perhaps my jumping to the conclusion that this was a botanical phenomenon is a hangover influence from my first wife, who left me to convert to Buddhism :-)