These are 11 very strange animal eggs from all over the world. From mysterious looking shark eggs to ancient findings you won't believe exist, nature is truly amazing.
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Alderflies are tiny but that does not stop them from laying thousands of eggs upon grass stems.
This picture is a perfect example of the amount of eggs these flies lay. After some time the eggs hatch larvae, which in turn, takes about two years to mature into an adult fly!
7.The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Eggs
Considering the Tiger Swallowtail is one of the most familiar butterflies in the U.S., there is a big chance that you might have seen or even touched one of their eggs. These beautiful creatures lay their eggs one at a time on plant leaves that are near food sources.
The eggs are tiny, but still visible to the naked eye ! As this picture shows, they resemble green pearls, it takes about 4 to 10 days to hatch.
6. The Spined Soldier Bug Eggs
The Spined Soldier Bug is a predator of the gypsy moth, and hates the larvae of the Colorado potato beetle and the Mexican bean beetle. With so much drama surrounding this bug, it is no wonder how it got its name.
The eggs it lays are no different, they are intimidating and look well protected. The bug lays between 17 and 70 soldiers at a time, and patiently waits its turn at world domination.
5. The Seahorse Egg Exchange
Seahorses have been around for more than 5 million years ! They are found near shallow tropical and temperate waters all around the world. The biggest seahorse subspecies measure up to 14 inches in length !
Apart from their strange looks, seahorses also have a weird reproduction system. When these fish mate, the female seahorse deposits around 1,500 eggs into the pouch of a male. From there, the male carries the eggs for up to 45 days until very tiny seahorses emerge from the pouch.
After the process is done, the male seahorse immediately looks for more females and eggs.
4. The Green Lacewing Eggs
Lacewings are very delicate insects and are not very big. They have great hearing and use body vibrations as a form of communication between them ! It is the main part of their mating ritual, as these vibrations are considered as courting songs between males and females.
One female can lay between a 100 and 200 eggs ! To protect the eggs, the lacewing makes a slender stalk for each egg. This really helps the eggs to mature and larvae to hatch. Coincidentally, the stalks protect the eggs from lacewing larvae that has already hatched because the larvae are known to be cannibalistic.
3. The Tinamou Eggs
Tinamou are one of the most ancient birds that still exist today, although they are able to fly, they rarely choose to do so. Most of their life is spent on the ground. They are very secretive and shy, only coming out of their roosts during certain hours of the day.
After mating, the female lays eggs and leaves the nest. At that point the male incubates the eggs and waits for other females. The females go around looking for other potential mates and lay eggs in multiple nests throughout the mating season.
The bright color of these eggs helps males in recognizing nests and where they need to go. The incubation period is about 16 days, during that time the males care for each egg with extreme patience and will even perform a distraction display in case of danger. They will pretend to be hurt and unable to fly away so the predator is more interested in them than the unhatched eggs.
2. The Knobbed Whelk Egg Case
Knobbed Whelks are very large predatory sea snails. They are very common in the North Atlantic and are not afraid to attack unsuspecting oysters and clams.
After mating, the sea snail lays around 100 eggs covered in a gel like material and connected in a protective rounded capsule. These capsules are known as “mermaid necklaces” and have scared quite a few beach goers when they wash up on the beach.
Even though they lay some very strange eggs, knobbed whelk are still used in many foods like chowders and fritters.
1.The Horn Shark Eggs
Horn sharks are a species of bullhead sharks that are very solitary. They hunt alone, mostly at night and generally stay away from each other unless it is mating season. They are mostly found in the Pacific Ocean, near the coasts of California and Monterey Bay.
During the mating season, males will chase females around the ocean floor until the female is ready. After 30 to 45 minutes of copulation, the male leaves and the female starts spinning with her snout in the sand for about 30 more minutes.
After a month or so, the female lays a maximum of 24 eggs. These eggs are extremely strange looking and one of the main reasons is protection.