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Insect-Egg Slime Mold (Leocarpus fragilis) Early fruiting bodies of a slime mold growing on pine needles in a forested area in NW Georgia (Floyd County), US. In this &quot;fruiting body&quot; phase, Leocarpus fragilis is often mistaken for insect eggs.<br />
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Leocarpus fragilis also has a plasmodial stage, usually following periods of rain. When the plasmodium runs out of nutrients, it will differentiate into the egg-like fruiting bodies (pictured here). These structures are specialized sporangia which disperse spores after rupturing. Eggshell Slime Mold,Geotagged,Leocarpus fragilis,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Insect-Egg Slime Mold (Leocarpus fragilis)

Early fruiting bodies of a slime mold growing on pine needles in a forested area in NW Georgia (Floyd County), US. In this "fruiting body" phase, Leocarpus fragilis is often mistaken for insect eggs.

Leocarpus fragilis also has a plasmodial stage, usually following periods of rain. When the plasmodium runs out of nutrients, it will differentiate into the egg-like fruiting bodies (pictured here). These structures are specialized sporangia which disperse spores after rupturing.

    comments (9)

  1. Absofreakinglutely awesome!! Posted 2 months ago
    1. I thought so too! So pretty!

      And they make me hungry for orange-flavored candy!
      Posted 2 months ago
      1. Both the shot and slime are so exquisite. This may be my new fave slime mold :) Posted 2 months ago
        1. I just happened to get a glance of them! I'm glad I took a second look! Posted 2 months ago
        2. I agree, incredible find! Posted 2 months ago
    2. Maybe orange tic-tacs? Posted 2 months ago
      1. Haha, exactly - tic tacs!! Posted 2 months ago
  2. To me they look like tiny peppers :-) Posted 2 months ago
    1. I can see that! :) Posted 2 months ago

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Slime mold within the Physaraceae family which can be found in moist, shady areas--usually on decaying leaves or wood.

Similar species: Physarales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Jul 13, 2018. Captured Jun 30, 2018 22:02 in 1107 Turner McCall Blvd, Rome, GA 30161, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/4.5
  • 1/160s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm