Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Attack of the Yellow Slime Mold

We experienced a most bizarre attack last week. We woke up one morning to find a yellow, spongly patch in the part of the backyard that we have mulched over.

It had appeared sometime overnight.

Later over the next few days, we had 6 more attacks: some in back and some out front.
From Wikipedia: "Slime mold or slime mould is a broad term describing some organisms that use spores to reproduce. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi but are no longer considered part of this kingdom.[1] Although not related to one another, they are still sometimes grouped for convenience within the paraphyletic group referred to as kingdom Protista.
"Found in a wide variety of colors, more than 900 species of slime mold occur all over the world. Their common name refers to part of some of these organisms' life cycles where they can appear as gelatinous "slime". This is mostly seen with the myxogastria, which are the only macroscopic slime molds.[citation needed] Most slime molds are smaller than a few centimeters, but some species may reach sizes of up to several square meters and masses of up to 30 grams "
Whatever the science, I think it's kind of creepy.

It seems to be in the mulch that we applied this year. Yuck!

Here's a video of the stuff: not mine, I assure you.


EG CameraGirl said...

Oh my! That was quite a surprise!

Tabor said...

Yes I have seen this from commercial mulch. I understand that the dies used to color some mulch are patented...double yuck!

ADRIAN said...

Wonderful stuff.

KGMom said...

Oh, yes. We've had this in the past. A mold that lurks in some brands of mulch. Fortunately, we got mulch this year that was slime free.

TexWisGirl said...

funky! like how in the video it pulses like a breath or heartbeat. :)

Mara said...

Oh wow! I thought at first that somebody had thrown some sort of insulation material in your garden. You know, the spray stuff! But after seeing the video I understand your disgust!
Although I did like the pulsing part. Made me think of Doctor Who a bit!!

Ginger said...

Looks alarmingly like cat urp.

Mage said...

That's truly awful. Yuck!!!

And, that's a darling picture of wife and G'daughter in the entry below. :)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Ugh- that's kind of gross! LOL Have a wonderful Sunday.

Donna said...

I've never seen this and I hope I never do!!! Euwwwwww!