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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jun 1, 2016 4:01 PM CST
Found these today in my Amaryllis seedlings -- the tiny white dots. Each one is about half the size of a grain of salt. They have been out on my porch, it has been rainy, warm in the daytime (80s) cool at night. Zone 6. I have been keeping the soil rather damp, but the surface does dry out each day. They just appeared suddenly today. Does anyone know if they are a fungus or bug eggs? I was thinking eggs as they are all clumped together in one spot, but not sure. If eggs, what might they be, and what might I use to get rid of them without hurting my seedlings? Same question if it is a fungus. Seedlings are about the size of a blade of grass. Thanks!
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plantladylin
Jun 1, 2016 5:19 PM CST
Maybe Slime Mold of some sort. Scroll down this page to see photos of the tiny white ones with a description: https://nhgardensolutions.wordpress.com/tag/bracket-fungi/

More photos here: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=trichia+varia&id=736897...
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DaisyI
Jun 1, 2016 6:07 PM CST
I agree Its not attacking your plants but working on the wood chips in your soil. Maybe find some tweezers and bail them (the affected chips) out of the pot.
Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jun 1, 2016 6:09 PM CST
Well that is very interesting. It does look like the photo, that's for sure. Thank You!
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jun 3, 2016 8:03 AM CST
Doing some more research, they might also be slug eggs - ugg! In any event, I scooped as many out as I could find and destroyed them. Grumbling
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Frillylily
Jun 3, 2016 8:08 AM CST
looking closely they seem to have stems and are all perfectly formed, I am thinking it is some kind of mushroom.

It is my understanding that slug eggs need consistent moisture and would be laid more under the mulch to stay moist. This is most definitely a fungus(mushroom) of some type.
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Jun 3, 2016 8:13 AM CST

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HamiltonSquare
Jun 3, 2016 8:16 AM CST
It looks like Nidularia which is a type of fungi. The tops will come off and reveal the eggs in the nest. "Birds Nest Fungus" is the common name. You should know soon if this is what it is.
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jun 3, 2016 8:28 AM CST
@Frillylily and @HamiltonSquare Wow! I would never have noticed those stems! I have kept the soil rather damp - it could be a fungus. Thank You!
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Frillylily
Jun 3, 2016 10:19 AM CST
Just for the record, it is harmless to your plants and such, doesn't hurt anything.
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HamiltonSquare
Jun 3, 2016 12:24 PM CST
It's not Nidularia if it has stems. Need clearer pictures but I don't think that will help much on an ID. But it is a fungi and I agree it isn't harmful. I love having them in the garden for the most part. Some are dangerous to pets and little people so that can be a consideration to some.
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jun 3, 2016 1:06 PM CST
Well, I have to say, I am fascinated that it has stems. I tip my hat to you. I feel the need to get out a magnifying glass now!
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