insect egg case, tropical
Location: dominical, Costa Rica
February 17, 2012 3:57 pm
My wife found this interesting object attached to a hammock outside a house at which we were staying in Costa Rica, Feb 11, 2012. The house is near Dominical, just a few Km up in the mountains.
I’m guessing it is some kind of insect egg case, but I have never seen something quite like this with the little spikes all over. The color was probably a bit whiter than the attached images as the sun was setting at the time. It was about 5 cm long.
Signature: Sincerely, Hudson Ansley
We have no idea what this thing is. It might be an insect case, or it might be a fungus, or possibly part of a plant. We are posting your unidentified mystery in the hope that someone might be able to provide an identification in the future.
Update: Possibly Ootheca of Lanternfly
March 3, 3012
We received a comment suggesting this might be the egg case of a Lanternfly or Peanut Headed Bug, Fulgora lanternaria. We did find one photo online on Bug Hatch Stock Photography, but we cannot link to the image directly.