Weekly Puzzler #101: Mysterious “Ball” on the Forest Floor

Hello and happy weekend! Is it snowing by you? Or has spring arrived?

Check out these two photos below of this mysterious “ball” that I saw on the forest floor. It was hollow inside. Do you know what they are? If you want to give a guess, just use the comment box below. I hope to hear from you soon! And don’t forget–if your guess is correct you will be eligible to win a prize on the first day of spring! Good luck!101-4458


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  1. Pete Reese March 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    Oak galls. Trees reaction to wasp eggs being laid on its leaves.

    • Sharon Mammoser March 5, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

      Awesome Pete, you are correct! I will talk more about galls on Saturday. Thanks for writing.

  2. Elena March 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    Hello again!
    as it looks to me, it is what remained from a puffball mushroom after the spores escaped.
    Have a great week-end 🙂

    • Sharon Mammoser March 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

      Hi Elena, you had a good guess, though not correct. But thanks for trying! I will talk more about this on Saturday.

  3. Joe March 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    It isn’t a ball…it’s a gall. But then I don’t actually know what a gall is.

    • Sharon Mammoser March 5, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

      You are correct!! And oh so smart. I will talk about galls on Saturday.

  4. barbara witt March 6, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    It is a gall and is created by an insect.

    • Sharon Mammoser March 7, 2016 at 7:19 am #

      Barbara, You are correct! Thanks for commenting. I will enter your name in the drawing

  5. Arden March 6, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    My grandson is guessing some kind of egg sack.

    • Sharon Mammoser March 7, 2016 at 7:19 am #

      Your grandson must be pretty smart! It is not an egg sac, but I will show you a photo on Saturday of a spider that has an egg sac that does look similiar to this. Thanks for guessing!

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  1. By Weekly Puzzler Answer #101 on March 12, 2016 at 9:31 am

    […] all, and happy weekend! Were you one of the ones who sent in a guess about last week’s puzzler? Have you seen these “balls” on the forest floor and wondered what they […]