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The essential casing of life, eggs can be rigid, spiked, transparent and leathery. Bird eggs are instantly identifiable but can you guess what creatures hatch out of these other examples? Sharks create collagen based 'mermaid's purses' that are sometimes spiraled to easily wedge into safe rock crevices. Some frogs lay strands of thousands of transparent eggs to hedge the chance of them surviving. Tiny lacewing eggs are perched on the tip of a hairlike stalk that is about 1/2 inch long. This helps to reduce cannibalism of the eggs by sibling larvae. Any way you crack them, eggs are pretty amazing.
Shield bug eggs, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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00572118 Shield bug eggs, Angkor Wat, Cambodia© Paul Bertner
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150726 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Swell Shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) embryo in mermaid's purse, Monterey Bay, California
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00644159 Swell Shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) embryo in mermaid's purse, Monterey Bay, California© Ralph Pace
European Toad (Bufo bufo) pair in amplexus, spawning, Vledder, Drenthe, Netherlands  -  Edo van Uchelen/ NiS
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70002515 European Toad (Bufo bufo) pair in amplexus, spawning, Vledder, Drenthe, Netherlands© Edo van Uchelen/ NiS
Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci) hard egg case is screwed into rock crevices  -  Norbert Wu
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00135268 Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci) hard egg case is screwed into rock crevices© Norbert Wu
Goliath Stick Insect (Eurycnema goliath) eggs resemble seeds, Australia  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298044 Goliath Stick Insect (Eurycnema goliath) eggs resemble seeds, Australia© Piotr Naskrecki
Giant Water Bug (Diplonychus sp) male carrying eggs on back where they have been glued by a female, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
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00586132 Giant Water Bug (Diplonychus sp) male carrying eggs on back where they have been glued by a female, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Frog eggs on leaf, Golfito, Costa Rica
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00598802 Frog eggs on leaf, Golfito, Costa Rica© Cyril Ruoso
Squid (Loligo opalescens) group mating, with egg cases on ocean floor, Monterey Bay, California
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00644168 Squid (Loligo opalescens) group mating, with egg cases on ocean floor, Monterey Bay, California© Ralph Pace
Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) nest with eggs, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
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00641170 Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) nest with eggs, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany© Mario Mueller/ BIA
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) eggs, native to the tropical rainforests of Central America  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240483 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) eggs, native to the tropical rainforests of Central America© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Southern Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa) female carrying her eggs rather thanlaying them in a location, Edithburg, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154997 Southern Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa) female carrying her eggs rather thanlaying them in a location, Edithburg, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) two week old eggs and newly hatched crabs, Slaughter Beach, Delaware  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427156 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) two week old eggs and newly hatched crabs, Slaughter Beach, Delaware© Piotr Naskrecki
Mosquito (Culicidae) egg boat floating on water surface, Germany  -  Ingo Arndt
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00438136 Mosquito (Culicidae) egg boat floating on water surface, Germany© Ingo Arndt
Grey Garden Slug (Derocerasreticulatum) eggs with hatchlings, Germany  -  Ingo Arndt
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00438139 Grey Garden Slug (Derocerasreticulatum) eggs with hatchlings, Germany© Ingo Arndt
Reticulated Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium valerioi) pair guarding two clutches of eggs, each at different stages of development, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511672 Reticulated Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium valerioi) pair guarding two clutches of eggs, each at different stages of development, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Stink Bug (Pentatomidae) freshly hatched nymphs huddling together around egg shells, Singapore
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00640765 Stink Bug (Pentatomidae) freshly hatched nymphs huddling together around egg shells, Singapore© Melvyn Yeo/ Biosphoto
True Bug with eggs and hatched larvae, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica  -  Thomas Marent
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00785617 True Bug with eggs and hatched larvae, Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica© Thomas Marent
Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis) colony releasing egg-sperm bundles during the mass coral spawning each March at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00152181 Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis) colony releasing egg-sperm bundles during the mass coral spawning each March at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs and newborn, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153053 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs and newborn, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) eggs at ten weeks after spawning, Washington  -  Michael Durham
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00640379 Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) eggs at ten weeks after spawning, Washington© Michael Durham
Nudibranch laying eggs, Indonesia  -  Birgitte Wilms
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00972879 Nudibranch laying eggs, Indonesia© Birgitte Wilms
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) nest with four eggs on shells, Westerland, Netherlands  -  Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
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00516997 Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) nest with four eggs on shells, Westerland, Netherlands© Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) female guarding her eggs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153050 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) female guarding her eggs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Shorthorn Sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) protecting its eggs, Netherlands  -  Ron Offermans/ Buiten-beeld
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00531020 Shorthorn Sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) protecting its eggs, Netherlands© Ron Offermans/ Buiten-beeld
Common Frog (Rana temporaria) pair floating in pond with spawn, Nijmegen, Netherlands  -  Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
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00537853 Common Frog (Rana temporaria) pair floating in pond with spawn, Nijmegen, Netherlands© Jelger Herder/ Buiten-beeld
Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) spawn, Drenthe, Netherlands  -  Maarten Westmaas/ NiS
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70023007 Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) spawn, Drenthe, Netherlands© Maarten Westmaas/ NiS
Pinzon Island Tortoise (Chelonoidis ephippium) hatchling emerging from egg, Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00446532 Pinzon Island Tortoise (Chelonoidis ephippium) hatchling emerging from egg, Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum) parent on underside of leaf with developing eggs, northwest Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00450322 Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum) parent on underside of leaf with developing eggs, northwest Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Nudibranch (Glossodoris cincta) laying eggs, Indonesia  -  Birgitte Wilms
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00454665 Nudibranch (Glossodoris cincta) laying eggs, Indonesia© Birgitte Wilms
Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) with eggs, Papua New Guinea  -  Birgitte Wilms
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00454611 Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) with eggs, Papua New Guinea© Birgitte Wilms
Common Frog (Rana temporaria) in breeding pond, Alsace, France  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00455046 Common Frog (Rana temporaria) in breeding pond, Alsace, France© Cyril Ruoso
Green Lacewing (Chrysopidae) butterfly eggs, Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498681 Green Lacewing (Chrysopidae) butterfly eggs, Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Lionfish (Scorpaenidae) egg mass, Bali, Indonesia  -  Norbert Wu
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00513303 Lionfish (Scorpaenidae) egg mass, Bali, Indonesia© Norbert Wu
Tube-dwelling Anemone (Pachycerianthus fimbriatus) surrounded by egg masses, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00525265 Tube-dwelling Anemone (Pachycerianthus fimbriatus) surrounded by egg masses, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum) and eggs, native to South America
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00556009 Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum) and eggs, native to South America© Pete Oxford
Stink Bug (Pentatomidae) eggs, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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00571905 Stink Bug (Pentatomidae) eggs, Antananarivo, Madagascar© Paul Bertner
Stink Bug (Pentatomidae) group guarding eggs, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
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00572454 Stink Bug (Pentatomidae) group guarding eggs, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador© Paul Bertner
Snail female laying eggs, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Indonesia
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00585013 Snail female laying eggs, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Indonesia© Paul Bertner
Spiny Spider (Micrathena clypeata) protecting egg case, Bigal River, Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park, Ecuador
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00599278 Spiny Spider (Micrathena clypeata) protecting egg case, Bigal River, Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park, Ecuador© Paul Bertner
Shore Clingfish (Lepadogaster lepadogaster) eggs with developing embryos, Wales, United Kingdom
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00583591 Shore Clingfish (Lepadogaster lepadogaster) eggs with developing embryos, Wales, United Kingdom© Nico van Kappel/ Buiten-beeld
Cross Frog (Oreophryne sp), newly discovered species, eggs, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477013 Cross Frog (Oreophryne sp), newly discovered species, eggs, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Intermediate Cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus intermedius) male incubating eggs in mouth, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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00586653 Intermediate Cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus intermedius) male incubating eggs in mouth, Great Barrier Reef, Australia© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) at nest with eggs, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00574202 Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) at nest with eggs, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
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