Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday Puzzler ... A Sticky Situation














Okay, what's this?

Clues:
I found it about 4 feet up on a grape vine.

It's a perfectly natural part of the landscape.

I usually find this on more vertical blades of grass. Gravity is giving it the drippy look.

I didn't touch it ...I've seen enough SciFi movies (The Stuff) to know if I touched it, it would rear up and consume me.



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18 comments:

Thunder Dave said...

I'm going to say either frog or snail eggs.

Lightnin said...

Looks to me like you have a new St. Bernard?

rm said...

Spit bug!

rick said...

Deer drool?

robin andrea said...

It looks like GIANT spit bug to me too.

Hick said...

Ick!

It looks like one of our spit bugs on overdrive.

threecollie said...

It looks like a yucky bug covering of some bug that does not get that big up north...thank God!

Mrs. S said...

I don't know if it's the same, but we always used to find those little globs and we just referred to it as 'snake spit'... not sure if it'd be the same down where you are, though.

Laura said...

Loved lightnin's comment! LOL

I was thinking some type of tree sap, but I really don't know.

thingfish23 said...

Yeah, I'm going with spittlebug(s).

Cercopidae

Frog eggs of some sort would be a secondary guess, but I've never seen that partikkler phenomenon in Florida, nor have I heard of it.

Do tell.

Hurricane Teen said...

I see that, too, growing on grass, but I never really took the time to ponder what it was....I didn't even know there was such a thing as spittlebug.

Likes2mtnbike said...

Soylent green? Dog drool? That stuff from Something About Mary? Ugh!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Spittlebugs. You just crush them with your fingers and they go away.

Floridacracker said...

To All,
I didn't pick the goo apart, but I go with spittle bug also. I've just never run across one up high in a vine like that. Pretty clever defense ... works for me.


ThunderD,
How's Europa going?

Lightnin,
Good one or maybe a mastiff like Tom Hanks had in that movie.

rm,
See, the farm girl got it!

Rick,
My deer only drool over my garden. Hey what's the shrimp report?

Robin,
Not giant, but very busy.

H ick,
Yup, overdrive engaged.

ThreeCollie,
All our bugs seem bigger ...

Mrs. S,
Probably the same bug or a spittin image of the one you have :)

Laura,
Me too. Confederate Jasmine gives off a sticky white sap, but it's not foamy like this. You probably have spittle bugs in your lawn somewhere.


Thing,
I'm sure that's what this is. I guess I should have fished him out for a macro.


Hurricane Teen,
Next time you find one, just poke around in it a little to find a little dark bug.



Likes2mtnbike,
Soylent white I believe. I loved that movie.


Hoss,
YOU just crush them ...

kathy a said...

i was going to ask what a spittlebug is, but i guess that is self-explanatory. we don't get them here. how does the little bugger get so much spit in him, anyway?

Floridacracker said...

kathy a,
I'm not sure how long it takes to bubble up all of this, but I have a feeling it's pretty quick. Otherwise it would not be a very good defense.

Wayne said...

Well, it's really cheap of me to come in at this point and say "spittlebug", of course!!! But there you have it.

(I have to admit I've never seen any spittlebug stuff that looks quite like that!)

Floridacracker said...

Wayne,
Me neither, it's the drippiness from being horizontal that makes it look odd.
To me.