What is that orange blob in the garden?
Commonly found on old logs as yellow and orange shiny blobs, slime molds get their energy from grazing on decaying material. These single-celled organisms act like stationary plants until they start eating. Then they become animal-like and slither to new locations. After changing into bulbous bodies-on-a-stalk, they become filled with spores. The spores, when released, germinate into little freestyle amoebas, crawling off to find bacteria to eat. When their food supply runs out, the little creatures stream together, as if choreographed, gathering to form a pile of organized cells. This new slug-shaped blob moves forward like a single animal.
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