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Little embryos inside the eggs - What animal?
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Posted on 29-01-2009 17:08
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Hi, this egg-mass was found in Hungary, forest, on a leaf approx. 10 cm high from ground, by a small brook, middle of October. Would be very interesting to know the animal. I think it can't be an amphibian. Maybe a slug? snail? The mass was about 1 cm diameter.
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John Bratton
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Posted on 29-01-2009 21:39

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I think there are some caddiesflies (Trichoptera) that lay gelatinous egg masses on leaves overhanging the water.

John Bratton
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Posted on 29-01-2009 21:39

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Opps. I meant caddisflies.
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Posted on 30-01-2009 00:47
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I agree with John on this - see
The black dots on the embryos will be the black eyes which are characteristic of many Trichoptera larvae
Tony Irwin
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Posted on 01-02-2009 00:03
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Hi! Thanks for all the infos! I think than that these embryos must belong to Ironoquia dubia caddisfly. I found a specimen just cms away from the egg mass. It's almost unique of our caddisflies because it swarmes in Autumn (October, this time).

Here are the embryos and the animal:
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