Observation 14918: Insecta
When: 2008-12-03
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I have often seen these almost flat specimens, and was never sure if they were actually a Fungi or possibly a Lichen. They are common and rather uninteresting. But then I thought this may not be the case elsewhere, so over to the specialists please. I do not have a photo or reference to these little fellows. They are about 5-8mm across with a small raised outer edge.
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Deb, I will open the next one and keep the specimen if I can get one. Thnks for the reply, KK
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I have opened many of these since logging this specimen, and have not been able to find another with any contents inside. On close scrutiny, each one had a small hole in the top surface, where I presume the inhabitant exited.

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Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Recognized by sight: looks like a spider egg sac

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Some sort of cocoon?
By: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)
2008-12-04 06:12:39 PST (-0800)

Ian, I often see something similar and have always thought it was some sort of casing for insects. Of course, now that I say that, I’ve never opened one to see. Your image looks like there might be something growing inside of it. Oh, and I’ve often seen them split open and empty.

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