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DeloresKalb
Oct 4, 2013 6:12 AM CST
I found a white soft cottony or spongy lumpy ball the size of a small marble on the underside of a spearmint leaf that had a little hole in the side where the occupant had already exited. I live in zone 6. What could it be?
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chelle
Oct 4, 2013 6:28 AM CST
Hi, Delores. Welcome! to ATP.

It's most likely a Spittlebug.
http://boomerempowerment.com/homegrownlifestyle/spiddle-bugs...

I've never treated any of my plants to control them. Mints in particular are generally tenacious enough to survive them quite easily. Smiling
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SongofJoy
Oct 4, 2013 7:32 AM CST
I agree. I don't treat for them either. I currently have some in my basil.
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DeloresKalb
Oct 4, 2013 1:47 PM CST
Thanks for your input but I thought a spittle bug had a foamy case this is solid but soft.
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chelle
Oct 4, 2013 1:54 PM CST
Does it look like this?
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7410.html
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DeloresKalb
Oct 4, 2013 2:10 PM CST
no it doesn't. It is totally round and it was on the leaf not a stem and only one and the hole " it" came out of was perhaps 1/16 in diameter
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Horntoad
Oct 4, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Possibly a spider egg case.

https://www.google.com/search?q=spider+egg+case&rlz=1C1GGGE_...
wildflowersoftexas.com
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woofie
Oct 4, 2013 2:24 PM CST
Jay beat me to it; that was going to be my suggestion.
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DeloresKalb
Oct 4, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Would you have any idea what kind of spider? I've never seen anything like this before but I do have many kinds of spiders here.
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Horntoad
Oct 4, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Without a photo, I couldn't even begin to guess. You might want to scroll through the picture on the link I gave you, and see if any match what you have. Then visit that page to see if it gives an ID.
wildflowersoftexas.com
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DeloresKalb
Oct 4, 2013 2:54 PM CST
Thanks for the site. I found 2 that were similar to what I have. One in California that couldn't be identified and one in Utah that didn't have a species given then I seen one sort of like what I have and it was listed as a crab spider but the one in California comes closest to the picture so I think it is a spider of some kind. Thanks so much everyone for your help.. Dee

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