Subject:  insect eggs?
Geographic location of the bug:  King County, Washington
Date: 01/05/2019
Time: 07:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These are growing on the side of 5-gallon plastic pots – any idea? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  nicholas

Slime Mold

Dear Nicholas,
Because we just identified another example of Slime Mold from Oregon, this was a very easy identification for us.  According to the Agriculture and Natural Resources University of California site:  “Slime molds, classified in the group called Myxomycetes, are primitive fungi that feed on dead or decaying organic matter and have elaborate life cycles. The mature fruiting bodies of slime molds are quite diverse and can appear as sheets, mounds, crusts, blobs, and even eggs or structures of insects.”  Smug Mug has numerous similar looking images.

Location: King County, Washington

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