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Any idea what this is? We found them wrapped up in blanket weed. Looks like a little egg of some sort. 

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  • edited April 2020
    There are a few tightly tangled in the weed. I popped the egg back in the weed and returned it all to the pond. I will see if I can find it again, thanks for replying.
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    edited April 2020
    It's a newt egg. The females carefully wrap them in leaves like that. Either smooth newt or palmate newt. If you go out tonight with a torch, you may get lucky and see them doing it, they will have their hind legs holding onto the plant, deposit an egg and carefully fold the leaf around it.
  • Ooh that’s really exciting thank you! Will the tadpoles eat them? They seem to be loving munching threw blanket weed.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    You can become 'Crazyfrogandnewtlady' now! :D
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • You can become 'Crazyfrogandnewtlady' now! :D
    I think I might have to steel that user name 😂
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    They should be OK from the tadpoles, the female newts lay hundreds of eggs each, so some will hatch. As Phillipa says, it's more a case the newts like a bit of a scoff on the frog spawn and the adults are not adverse to munching the odd tadpole. On the whole though, newts and frogs will both live in the same ponds happily.
  • Thank you all so much For the ID. I’m really excited that we have newt eggs 🤪.

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