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Gelatinous egg mass

On Saturday, October 9, we took in our dock. Before storing I noticed a jellylike blob on one of the feet of a post. I jumped to the conclusion that it must be Cyanobacteria and hurried across the road to have Maria take a look at it. After putting it in a white tray and rinsing off the algae it turned into a clear oval of jelly filled with tiny eggs. After asking around, I’m going with Chironominea, a group of non-biting midge, probably caddisfly in particular. Just shows, it’s really worth checking out everything carefully before deciding what it is. Thanks, Maria!

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