Category Archives: Microorganisms

What is this green jelly slime in my garden?

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The Question: Three days ago I noticed this green jelly-like substance on the top of a moss covered rock in my garden. The recent weather has been very wet and about a week ago we experienced a couple of frosty nights, but the last three days have been dry. Can you tell me what this green jelly slime is, please?

Submitted by: Virginia, Scotland

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What are these green jelly blobs?

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The Question: I saw these bright green jelly like blobs in Easdale Tarn, in Cumbria, England. The blobs ranged in size from about 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) to 4 cm (1 ½ inches) cm.  There were quite a few of them, some floating in the water and a couple attached to rocks. What are they? Are they some sort of egg?

Submitted by: Alison, Cumbria, England

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What is causing this vinegar smell?

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The Question: Whenever I walk by this certain house, there’s a noticeable smell, like vinegar, but more chemical. Very hard to pinpoint the source. Now at the same time, they had a giant white oak cut down, and some of the 5-foot diameter rounds from the trunk are still in the yard, freshly cut. Is it possible that the wood is the source of the smell?

Submitted by: Tom, Washington, DC, USA

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