Mystery spawn

mystery spawn

While walking today I noticed a small jelly-like ball on the sandstone, rather like a gumdrop that had seen better days. On closer examination it appears to be some kind of spawn. (I moved it onto a leaf to photograph, to see it better.)

I wonder what it’s from? It was not near any bogs or open water—it was beside a moss meadow. After an 80-day drought we’ve just started to get rain and have had quite a bit in the last couple of days, so perhaps that sparked some kind of egg-laying excitement in something. But what? Frogs don’t spawn at this time of year as far as I know. Newts? Slugs?


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