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Old 10-25-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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The first image is of something I found on the underside of a board at the farm. Notice that the image contains both a side and top view.
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The last three are of a structure I found on a Juniper tree at the farm. I don't know if these are constructed by insects or grown by the tree, but I'm sure someone here will know. The last image shows one of these...things in a state of decomposition, hanging from a dead twig. Whether the twig or the thing died first I have no idea.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
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I can't tell you but if I can ever get back to Easter Island the Mother Ship will pick me up and take me home!
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Ahhhh, I see Obi One Rapa Nui
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Ha ha ha!!! The 1st one looks like a praying mantis egg case. Which species... I dunno. You better ask suunto. The 2nd photo is a classic. It's your run 'o the mill Cedar apple rust specifically.... Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae. Mark down where you found that and check back on it next spring after a few good rains and watch the show. You'll really be wondering what planet you're on when you see that gall "transform".
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:10 AM   #6
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Take photos if you return. I've never witnessed such a grand opening.
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Honestly, hava, do you think I'd return and not take pictures? It's what I do, y'know.

What I'd like to know is how I can assure myself of watching the Praying Mantises emerge. Now that would be cool!
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Ha ha ha!!! The 1st one looks like a praying mantis egg case. Which species... I dunno.
It appears to an egg case (ootheca) of a Carolina mantis, Stagmomantis carolina - see http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.o...eficial340.jpg for an image.
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Honestly, hava, do you think I'd return and not take pictures? It's what I do, y'know.
No, I know that.....I guess I didn't catch you had found them on the farm the first time I had read it..
I was thinking more like if you had been wandering freely about you may have a hard time locating them again. My mistake.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:23 PM   #10
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Thanks, suunto. Now I'm going to have to steer a conversation to the point that I can use the word ootheca, just as soon as I learn how to pronounce it!
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