Strange looking Fungi

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  1. Gabriel Gregory

    Gabriel Gregory New Member

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    Hi Fellow Friends,

    I found this strange looking fungi (or what appears to look like fungi) growing on the bottom side of my mattress

    If anyone could help me identify whether this is a Fungas or not that would be amazing

    It could also be a spider nest or something similar
     

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  2. Frog

    Frog Rising Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Welcome to the forums Gabriel :-)

    Both shape and habitat suggest insect/invertebrate eggs.
     
  3. Gabriel Gregory

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    Hi Frog,

    Thanks for your swift reply! Im glad to be a member of the forum

    That is great news. Im hoping it is only eggs, and not mold growing from the inside of my mattress

    The brown matter surrounding the yellow spheres had me thinking it might be a type of fungi, what insect do you think could of produced this?

    Thanks much

    Gabriel
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    How comforting to think those eggs were laid near a likely food source - you!

    Aren't you glad you found them before they hatched?
     
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    Frog Rising Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It doesn't look familiar, which is not surprising as yours is Australian fauna, and I am in PNW of NA. Also am not expert in insects/inverts.
    The closest resemblance I can think of in my area is lacewing fly eggs, re the wee stalks each egg is sitting on.

    I would try one of the online entomological forums, ideally one specializing Australia and region.

    Noting that there are myxomycetes (slime molds) that look broadly like this, again the combination of shapes and habitats still leads to invert eggs.
     

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