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9-26-13  mystery photo2 244You’ve probably seen this many times, just not this close and not from this angle. Most are smaller than the head of a pin. All guesses welcome. Identity will be revealed in tomorrow’s post.

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20 responses


    Caterpillar mouthparts?

    September 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  2. Well, since you said most of them are smaller than the head of a pin, I’m going to take the bait and guess that it’s a deer tick. Maybe the mouth/biting parts? 🙂

    September 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  3. Judy Walls

    Spider mouth parts?

    September 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  4. Hi Mary, This looks like the part of a yellow agriope spider where the silk comes out, though I don’t know what that body part is called. Hope you are well! Bridie

    September 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  5. caterpillar mouth

    September 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  6. Mr. Misavage's 3rd grade

    We notice the hair around it but we don’t think is is an eye. To us it looks more like a mouth. It does look a bit wet to us too but lizards and snakes don’t have hair. Some insects are hairy like spiders and caterpillars or maybe some other kind of worm. We don’t know if there are any hairy aquatic animals. It could also be the “bottom” or “butt” (hee, hee) of something too!?

    Our guess is a fly’s bottom.

    September 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  7. Could it be a close-up of a dog tick?

    September 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

  8. Eleanor

    part of a bubble bee?

    September 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  9. Spider spinneret. Argiope?

    September 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  10. Rachael Tolman

    A spider spinneret. A golden orbweaver, Argiope…

    September 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

  11. Ben

    Looks like fungus

    September 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

  12. ddmckenna

    Is it spinnerets?

    September 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  13. Al Stoops, Nelson NH

    Well, my first thought was the anus of a painted turtle, but somehow I don’t think that’s it….

    September 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    • I am still laughing at your response! I wouldn’t put it past myself to post that very thing some day!

      September 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  14. brad

    This is mysterious. Thought it was a mouth of a caterpillar – but smaller than a head of a pin has us stumped. What comes to mind is a tick, …hmmmmCan’t wait to heat the answer.

    September 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    • I believe that’s the posterior end of a Yellow Garden Spider !!

      September 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm


    Could this be the opening of the spinneret glands of the large yellow and black garden spider, Argiope?

    Janet Springfield

    September 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

  16. Jean Harrison

    Bee but.

    September 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  17. Linda Wurm

    I think it is a spider spinneret ,maybe the golden orb spider?

    September 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  18. Julie Filiberti

    Spinneretts of a garden spider?

    September 26, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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