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Do you recognize the spotted jelly-like blob on the lower right leaf of this Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) plant?  If so (or even if you want to make a wild guess), go to the Naturally Curious blog (, scroll down and click on “Comments” to submit your entry. Look for the answer in the next Naturally Curious post.  (Hint:  Turtlehead likes its feet damp.)

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29 responses

  1. snail eggs?

    August 29, 2018 at 8:18 am

  2. Sue Wetmore

    Perhaps an amphibian egg cluster. Seems late for that. Baltimore checkerspot likes turtlehead—don’t know if it lays clustered eggs.

    August 29, 2018 at 8:33 am

  3. Mollie

    looks a lot like frog eggs, just smaller…

    August 29, 2018 at 8:33 am

  4. dp

    Dragon fly eggs?

    August 29, 2018 at 8:38 am

  5. Janet Andersen

    slime mold

    August 29, 2018 at 8:43 am

  6. Margaret B Towle


    August 29, 2018 at 8:44 am

  7. Alice Pratt

    😁 I’m happy that I recognized ‘Turtlehead’ I think eggs from some kind of a ‘water-bug’…no guesses which. I don’t think a slug, eggs would be bigger.

    August 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

  8. bcottam2014

    It’s a caddisfly egg mass. The larvae hatch out inside then drop into the water below.

    August 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

    • Hi there, I agree. If it was a slime mould it would leave a trail behind it. This doesn’t seem to have traveled anywhere. Good call!

      August 29, 2018 at 9:09 am

  9. Margaret B Towle

    It looks like a snail egg mass

    August 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

  10. Sue Maurer

    Spring peeper eggs?

    August 29, 2018 at 8:54 am

  11. fludwig12

    Snail eggs??

    August 29, 2018 at 9:00 am

  12. Dexter Harding

    It reminds me of long, stringy, gelatinous egg masses (we assume) that we see floating on ponds early summertimes. I don’t mean toad eggs… the specks we see in the masses look like tiny grains, as in your photo. But I have no idea what mama lays them.

    August 29, 2018 at 9:07 am

  13. Trish

    Frog eggs?

    August 29, 2018 at 9:15 am

  14. Kathy Schillemat

    Dragonfly eggs?

    August 29, 2018 at 9:22 am

  15. Cheryl McKeough

    Too late for amphibians, so some kind of water bug egg mass, where larva drop into water below when they hatch. No idea what kind! I look forward to the answer. Thanks for the great quiz!!

    August 29, 2018 at 9:39 am

  16. Angela

    My guess for the jelly-like blob on the turtlehead plant is frog eggs.

    August 29, 2018 at 9:40 am

  17. Ann Buckingham

    If turtleheads are respond to this extreme heat as I do it probably vomited on it’s own leaf.

    August 29, 2018 at 9:43 am

  18. Bill on the hill

    I think the caddisfly egg mass in the above comments will be the correct answer. I was thinking dragonfly but decided that is to simple for this simple mind! lol…
    I have seen this before when in the field and down at the pond…
    Thanks Mary, never a dull moment!
    Bill Farr…

    August 29, 2018 at 10:29 am

  19. Annie Tiberio

    Spittle Bug egg mass?

    August 29, 2018 at 11:13 am

  20. Kathryn

    Teeny, teeny, tiny frog eggs!

    August 29, 2018 at 11:48 am

  21. Yeah! Snail, slime! I guess perhaps with eggs in it!

    August 29, 2018 at 11:57 am

  22. I have seen this mass before and it was laid on a leaf above water and if I remember it is Caddisflies eggs. They have to drop into the water I think and then emerge from there.

    August 29, 2018 at 2:53 pm

  23. Jean Harrison

    frog eggs, or salamander?

    August 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

  24. Joy

    caddisflies eggs. Love your emails.

    August 29, 2018 at 4:39 pm

  25. Tom Ryan

    My guess is that it’s a slug since it has antennae, but I don’t know which kind.

    August 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm

  26. Inge Ackermann

    A snail?

    August 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm

  27. Peter Kallin

    Looks like some kind of snail eggs.

    August 29, 2018 at 8:41 pm

  28. Gail Trenholm

    Slug egg mass

    August 30, 2018 at 8:05 am

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