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9-7-17 mystery photo 049A4459Look closely at this photo and you will see markings in the mud as well as an abandoned spherical, muddy structure about the size of a pea. Who has been here and what have they been doing? (Enter your answer under “Comments” on today’s post at

21 responses

  1. Barbara Haslam

    Mud dauber wasp??

    September 7, 2017 at 8:29 am

    • Alice Pratt

      That’s funny, when I wrote my comment, your comment wasn’t there! 🙄😹

      September 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    A Mud Dauber Wasp collecting mud?

    September 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

  3. I’m going with a little dung ball abandoned by a dung beetle 🙂

    September 7, 2017 at 8:46 am

  4. Trish

    Frog eggs?

    September 7, 2017 at 8:58 am

  5. Geico gecko taking mud bath?

    September 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

  6. Linde McNamara

    A baby turtle emerging form the mud??

    September 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

  7. Kathie Fiveash

    I think a mud dauber wasp collecting mud. I wonder why she left her nice mud ball behind. Did you disturb her, Mary?

    September 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

  8. Rachael Shaw

    is it the remains of a solitary wasp which has hatched, pushed out the mud ball covering its hole, and emerged from the ground?

    September 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

  9. Gwen Blodgett

    Could it be ground bees, who maybe got flooded out from too much rain?

    September 7, 2017 at 10:23 am

  10. Bill On The Hill...

    Mud Puppy or a salamander? ( probably not ) The above comments stating mud wasp sounds plausible me thinks…

    September 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

  11. Pat

    Fiddler crab?

    September 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

  12. Paula Haubrich


    September 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm

  13. Potter wasp.

    September 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

  14. Still not sure what I’m spozed to be seeing …

    September 7, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    • Sorry, Sybil. I agree that the photo was not the best!

      September 8, 2017 at 8:27 am

      • Joe

        Hi Mary, I’m new to your blog and I am not finding any confirmation of correct answers on the mystery photos. Am I missing something? Your latest one is driving me nuts because I had these, or very similar, tracks in my yard and would very much like to know what might have made them. A lot of commenters are says turkey, but no one has definitively confirmed this is correct.

        March 15, 2018 at 7:35 am

      • Hi Joe,
        The answer to every mystery photo is the following post (posts are Monday, Wednesday and Friday). So yesterday’s tracks will be identified tomorrow. I used to state this and I will resume doing so, so that new readers know that the answer will be provided soon!

        March 15, 2018 at 8:33 am

      • Joe

        I see now, thank you!

        March 15, 2018 at 11:58 am

  15. Josh

    Black and Yellow Mud Dauber is my guess, although I have not seen the ball left behind before. Cool!

    September 7, 2017 at 9:33 pm

  16. Kimberly Longey

    Eager to find out. markings in mud seem insect-like. I can’t figure out if the sphere I am supposed to be seeing is in the center of the photo or buried in the mud. Thanks for these mystery photos!

    September 7, 2017 at 9:58 pm

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