Friday, April 20, 2007

Parasite? Decoration? Alien invasion?

Okay, my botanical friends...
What, exactly, is this:

Insect eggs maybe?

My instincts say to cut the branch off and burn it.



This is on the branch of a tri-color beech tree
(Fagus sylvatica 'Tricolor')

Any ideas?

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7 Comments:

At 4/20/2007 10:43 PM, Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Very strange! I was thinking some sort of scale, but it looks too regular. Hmmmm...

 
At 4/21/2007 12:04 AM, Blogger Wanderin' Weeta said...

I Googled a bunch of ideas I had. All I can say is that it is not beech bark disease, not gypsy moth eggs, not beech blight aphids, not scale insects.

My idea? Take an old nylon stocking, or other fine netting. Tie it around the twigs. (This shouldn't change the temperature or the amount of light too much.) Now wait. Monitor the tree. When something hatches, either you will know, or you can post the photos.

 
At 4/21/2007 8:57 AM, Blogger -US said...

my first two guesses would be ladybug or butterfly eggs. Depends on how big that branch is though, and usually ladybuys lay under leaves instead of on branches. Pretty neat though.

 
At 4/21/2007 4:54 PM, Blogger Moonroot said...

I'm afraid I've no idea what it is - but is kind of pretty...

 
At 4/23/2007 7:49 AM, Blogger willow said...

I've found something similar on my rotary clothes line! I've never seen what has hatched but as the eggs were laid on something definitely non-food I wondered if they were from something that didn't eat plants - spiders maybe-in the autumn there are loads of cobwebs on there. I've never checked this out so its just a random guess really.

 
At 4/24/2007 12:12 PM, Blogger Beo said...

E4-I think wanderin' has the best idea. I would hate to think that we inadvertently advised you to burn 300 eggs of some endangered benificial!

 
At 4/27/2007 6:53 PM, Blogger e4 said...

Thanks to all for the feedback. I think I'll try the nylon thing... if I can find any.

I'll report back if I figure anything out.

 

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