I found these "things" by chance on my wild strawberries which I grow in my organic garden. Basically, some strawberries are completely covered with them.

photo showing the "thing"

They're transparent, they have dots equally aligned and they don't move. I've tried searching for transparent slugs and worms and also faeces but to no avail.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know the answer, but the same thing appears in these two other questions which are unanswered: thing one thing two At this point given the variety of places they have been seen they must be some kind of egg, but surely someone with expertise will eventually tell us. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson Oct 8 '18 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ Alright, I searched for "gelatinous insect eggs", found a similar image, and encountered a 3-part discussion of these things that begins with part 1. It's a fair amount to read but I think it is your "thing". $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson Oct 8 '18 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ Where do you live and how big are these millipedes(just a hunch).Do they have legs because if they don't you can tell they're not millipedes and centipedes $\endgroup$ – Sonic Splasher Jan 1 '19 at 13:45
  • $\begingroup$ @BryanHanson I don't think theyre the same thing these have a shape and look so much like millipedes but once OP replies it will become clear $\endgroup$ – Sonic Splasher Jan 1 '19 at 14:18
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    $\begingroup$ @WYSIWYG I think you might actually got it right. I just google'd "chironomus egg mass" and I'm getting back images very similar to mine. Chironomus appears to be a non-biting version of mosquitoes (by how similar they look to an average Joe) and now when we're talking about it, in the area where I live there are mosquitoes but during summer time at night there might be hundreds if not thousands of mosquitoes/chironomuses attracted to lights nearby. I thought they're all mosquitoes but now I'm not so sure. $\endgroup$ – choxnox Jan 15 '19 at 13:39

First, I am no expert on this topic, I am simply synthesizing several different sources of information along with the very good work of others. Since the "thing" featured in this question has appeared elsewhere, it deserves an answer.

These appear to be eggs of Chironomous midges (wikipedia). This conclusion is based largely on reading the three-part blog by Tom of askanaturalist.com Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 which is very thorough. In the last part of that blog, it is stated "chironomid eggs are nearly always elongated or oval shaped. Caddisfly eggs, on the other hand, are nearly always spherical." Looking at the pictures here and on the other SO questions (here and here) it appears that the eggs are indeed elongated rather than spherical. Hence they are apparently Chironomous midge eggs.

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  • $\begingroup$ I doubt it can be Chironomidae eggs. These midges live aquatic, or at least in very wet conditions. "On wild strawberries" is way to dry i think. $\endgroup$ – RHA Jan 16 '19 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ This link supports that Chironomidae live in aquatic or in very wet conditions. google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://… $\endgroup$ – RHA Jan 16 '19 at 19:16

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