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609 Views 2 Replies Last post: Jun 8, 2012 12:31 PM by awillkey RSS
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May 23, 2012 8:40 PM

Is this a fungus?

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...

 

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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.

 

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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.)

 

Alan

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    Jun 8, 2012 11:04 AM (in response to awillkey)
    Re: Is this a fungus?

    Apologies for our late response Alan.

     

    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?

     

    I would add that you are not the only one to have questioned if it was a botanical phenomenon: http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/08/15/flower-hails-kings-lacewing-bugs/

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