Monday Night Mystery

What's this?


2 points for naming the structure, 4 for family, and 4 for genus/species.

The cumulative points winner for the month of May will win either 1) any 8x10 print from my insect photo galleries, or 2) a guest blog post on the (safe-for-work) topic of their choosing.

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Is it a close up of the female flowers at the base of a spadix of an Amorphophallus titanum (Araceae)?

A caterpillar foot?

By FormicidaeFantasy (not verified) on 03 May 2010 #permalink

a close up of a caterpillar proleg?

Can we assume it's a part of an arthropod? And not a plant or something?

Suction-cups on a male Dytisid of some sort?

Here's a hint:

This photo was taken with a regular SLR camera + macro lens. It's not a microscope shot- the frame width is maybe a centimeter or so across.

I think it goes without saying that these are tiny sushi rolls.

Looks like an inflorescence

Starfish tube feet!

I can go along with them being recently-hatched eggs, but instead of a Hemiptera, I'll go with owlet moths (Noctuidae). This is based on nothing much other than the fact that they were laid with a bit of space between them rather than close-packed. Plus the fact that they are easy to find this time of year - we have moth eggs all over our house at the moment.

I'll go with egg cases of Reduviidae. On the web I found similar pics of eggs of the wheel bug, Arilus cristatus.