What are these pink eggs?
December 22, 2008 1:51 PM   Subscribe

Hey, what lives inside these weird little pink eggs?

My sister snapped a picture of these funny little eggs on tree bark down near Gainesville, Florida. She says each egg was about the size of a bb pellet, and they were even a little pinker and pearlier than they are in the photo. My entomology-related google skills have proved worthless, but we really want to know - I was taken aback by how...sort of unexpectedly lovely they are, and am very curious about what made them.
posted by peachfuzz to Science & Nature (5 answers total)
Apple Snail?
posted by Science! at 2:04 PM on December 22, 2008

Apple snail egg photos.
posted by amro at 2:11 PM on December 22, 2008

That is just so cool! Were they hard, or more viscous as I would think snail eggs would be (not that I know ANYTHING about snail eggs...)
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:46 PM on December 22, 2008

These are definitely Apple Snail eggs. There are several types of Apple Snails prevalent in Florida and all but one is native. Several are invasive.

Here's a PDF which discusses how to differentiate the snails and the egg clutches.

We squish them with a paddle when canoeing around our lake, at the behest of our local environmental steward.
posted by tomierna at 8:07 PM on December 23, 2008

Response by poster: ooh, thanks, guys. @bitter-girl: They are actually sort of hard and paper mache-ish. Creepy and sort of icky and very cool.
posted by peachfuzz at 8:43 PM on December 29, 2008

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