Mystery organism photo of the month By Hilary Miller • 27/10/2009 This post was syndicated from The chicken or the egg - View original source A test for you all this week – who can tell me what this is a photo of? invertebrates photo 0 Responses to “Mystery organism photo of the month” A stick insect with an incredibly long neck? Honeydew from a beech scale insect? If so, yum 🙂 A jet of sticky slime from a hungry velvet worm? Two questions: a) animal or vegetable? b) is this photo the right way up (i.e. you haven’t sneakily turned it on its side, for example)… We’re certainly intrigued! If the orientation was different (ie if the thread was vertical) I’d have suggested a glow-worm’s thread… Yes the photo is the right way up! It is animal-derived but you can’t actually see the animal. Grant has it spot on – honeydew from a scale insect. For bonus points, can anyone guess which species? The photo was taken in the tararua ranges (I think on red beech). *Whines*: aww, gee, I never get that! 🙂 Seriously, I’d have to look it up.I only know the little things because as a tramper I’ve often eaten the honeydew.