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Subject: Hard Ball
Location: Florida
September 21, 2014 2:25 am
Hello. I just was wondering what are these small,hard, orange balls found on carpet? If they’re insect related
Signature: Raquelle Alexander

Resin, we believe

Resin, we believe

Dear Raquelle,
We do not believe these droplets are insect related.  They appear to be resin droplets to us.  Check if the ceiling beams are oozing resin.

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Subject: Iowa Gall found under Honey Locust
Location: Des Moines IA
July 31, 2014 5:10 pm
This morning I found this growth on the ground below a honey locust tree. It was under a suburban tree in the Grandview park area of Des Moines with no other trees very close.
I don’t take very good pictures, but the growths appear to underlie some sort of scaled leaves, as each is covered by a tissue with a midline, and there are scale-type structures further down the stem. The stem is woody and it appears some rodent has been gnawing at the base.
It weighs about an ounce and is roughly 6″ long, with 6-10 nodules the size of marbles.
Beyond my curiosity, I’d like to know if this is something we should be concerned about controlling in the trees around where I found it.
Thank you for your time. I can try for better pictures if you need or want them.
Signature: Ash

Seed Pod, we believe

Deformed Magnolia Seed Pod

Dear Ash,
We do not believe this is a Gall.  In our opinion, it is a Seed Pod.  You observation that it was gnawed by a rodent is further evidence that perhaps a squirrel transported it from another tree.  If you open it, we believe you will find seeds beneath what you have called the “nodules the size of marbles.”

I don’t want to disagree, but it is not at all symmetrical, and I’ve been familiar with the native brush and weeds for 50+ years. It might be viral. I’ve been an outdoors-woman and hunter all my life. I’m not saying I’ve seen everything, and I am still surprised but mostly it’s been insects I overlooked or invasive species.
I have asked the state entomologist and agronomist and will let you know what they say. If it were a normal plant structure, I would anticipate more symmetry. Also squirrels are almost as opportunistic as rats.
I’ll pass on their feedback.
Thanks for your time!

Please let us know what you learn.

Update:  Deformed Magnolia Seed Pod
Please see this deformed Magnolia Seed Pod on the Missouri Botanical Garden website where it states:  “This magnolia seed pod is deformed due to poor pollination
.”

Very cool! We do have several magnolia species in the area. The scaled structure is very close. I’ll read more, but that looks like a win.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Wisconsin
May 9, 2014 8:21 pm
I was cleaning my bed yesterday and found these on my mattress but under my fitted sheet. But here’s the kicker, they were only in ONE spot and about a hand full of them. I’ve been searching endless hours as to what these are. It is hard and ‘sturdy’, It was not moving it anything like that. Not sure if they are seeds or what they are. I have 2 cats and one of my cat cuddles with me every night under the covers. So pretty sure it’s not a rodent. And my cats are strictly indoor cats, they are NOT allowed in the basement or outside…
Signature: Christina

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I really hope you can tell me what it is. I’m really creeped out and ready to call an exterminator, found 2 centipedes in my living room tonight.
Christina

Beggar Ticks

Beggar Ticks

Hi Christina,
Though they are called Beggar Ticks, there is no need to call the exterminator.  Beggar Ticks are seeds of the composite wildflowers in the genus
Bidens  that have a very unique means of being transported.  According to Brian Johnson on Microscopy UK:  “The seed of a Beggar-Tick may not be beautiful, but I can attest from personal experience that it is very efficient.  Considerable force is required to remove one from a sock or pant leg.  Even shoe-laces are not immune! “.   There is a very nice image of Beggar Ticks on the Field Guide to Noxious and other Selected Weeds of British Columbia.

Thank you very much! I still don’t know how they got under my sheet. But I feel much better now. Thank you again!! There is a water retention pond in our back yard, so unfortunately we do get some creepy crawlers but I try to keep the house closed up as best as I can. But they do on occasion come up from basement (house is from 1907 but everything BUT the basement has been gutted and redone).
Thanks again and have a great day!

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Subject: Found this In my garage
Location: Connecticut
January 10, 2014 4:04 pm
After googling everything I could possibly think of to figure this out, no prevail. Hope your guys will know what it is. It would move but as soon as I got close to it it would stop.
Signature: Help me haha

Thing isn't Bug

Thing isn’t Bug

We cannot say for certain what this thing is, but we are very confident it is NOT a bug.  It looks like a seedhead or other part of a plant.  Perhaps the wind was moving it.

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Subject: Flax seed looking thing in bed
Location: Seattle, Wa
November 24, 2013 5:57 pm
I have found a few things that look like a flax seed on my bed the last week. I also found one beetle looking brown bug on my bed it had very short legs. Can you help me?
Signature: SMG

Plant Seed, we presume

Plant Seed, we presume

Dear SMG,
As your email indicates, this appears to be the seed of some plant, Flax or other.  It does not appear to us to be the egg of an insect.  The only insect egg we can think of that it even resembles is the egg of a Katydid, but we cannot fathom how a single Katydid Egg would find its way to your bed, so we are still leaning toward this being a plant seed.

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Subject: What is this bug!?
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
November 12, 2013 1:18 am
This bug was found by a friend of a friend on their friend’s kitchen table. I’m not sure if it’s even a bug. It definitely looks like something not of this world. I’ve named creature. My wife is convinced that a lizard and a walking stick or daddy long legs have successfully mated. Either way can you help us find out what we live next to?
Signature: Scared S.O.B. Nathan C.

Probably Seed Pod

Probably Seed Pod

Subject: Weird bug
Location: Las cruces nm
November 12, 2013 10:41 am
What bug is this is it dangerous?
Signature: Cs

Subject: What is this?
Location: Las Cruces, NM-on top of a kitchen table
November 12, 2013 4:41 pm
I found this picture of a bug on a friend’s facebook. A lot of people have looked at it but we can’t figure out what it is. We are concerned if it’s poisonous or dangerous.
Thank you,
Signature: idash89

Dear Nathan, Cs and idash89,
Your Facebook Family contains a few What
‘s That Bug? readers, and we will try to solve this problem.  This is not a bug.  We believe it is a seed pod of some type.  Perhaps a botanist in our readership will be able to provide additional details.

Hi Daniel,
The person who found this said it was “walking”. Any ideas?
Thanks idash

Hi idash,
We do not believe this is a bug.

Yet more identification requests
Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Las Cruces, NM
November 12, 2013 10:47 am
This bug was found by a woman in our area and everyone is arguing what it may be. We are completely stumped. It appears to have spikes coming off of it, and a stinger on its end. The envelope is for a size comparison. Thank you :)
Signature: Tanya

Subject: ID this bug please
Location: Southwest New Mexico
November 12, 2013 9:04 am
What is this insect or spider?
Signature: Dustin

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