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Subject: Little Red Bugs
Location: Tennessee
June 25, 2012 9:00 am
Can you please tell me what I’ve got. I found 3 shiny copper colored eggs on my tomato leaf. and this is what hatched out. (I guess I starved them in the jar since they all died)
Signature: H G Aiken

Leaf Footed Bug Hatchlings

Dear H G Aiken,
Immature Hemipterans or True Bugs can be very difficult to properly identify, but we are relatively certain that these are Leaf Footed Bug hatchlings in the family Coreidae, most likely in the genus
Acanthocephala.  Here is a photo from BugGuide that supports our identification.  According to Dave’s Garden:  “Local gardening guru & former extension agent, Walter Reeves, says they are destructive to tomato crops, so this is a negative rating.”

Thank you for your quick response!  I’ll keep a close I out for them pretty as the babies are I recognize the older ones.

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tiny cone pattern shape eggs with bugs
Location: plano, texas
April 3, 2012 6:42 pm
I have these small bunch of cone pattern what look like eggs on my house i can see some small bugs but to small to tell what they look like or what it is some on my fence can’t find any thing of what it is
Signature: dbarber

Woolly Bear Hatchlings

Dear dbarber,
These appear to be newly hatched Tiger Moth Caterpillars, commonly called Woolly Bears.  The female moth often lays her eggs on the side of a building or other structure.  We cannot say for certain if our identification is correct, but we have a strong suspicion we are right.  The images we have linked to are not of a Texas species, but eggs and hatchlings of many Tiger Moths look similar.

Thanks that look’s like what it is i have been seeing these on my house for years and never knew what it was I do see those moths around my house all the time there’s one on my screen door right now. Thanks for the information

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Location: Perthshire Scotland
April 3, 2012 2:38 am
Was wondering is you could identify these pictures taken in an old established oak wood on stinging nettles. Pictues taken in July.
Many thanks.
Signature: D H Todd

Nursery Web Spider guarding her Nursery

Dear D H Todd,
The general shape of your spider and the web she has spun reminded us so much of the North American Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira that we had no trouble identifying your spider as a related Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mirabilis, on the UK Safariwebsite.  UK Safari lists the habitat as:  “Usually found low vegetation especially nettle beds.” 

Nursery Web Spider guards her web

Nursery Web Spiders are among the most maternal spiders and they exhibit very protective behavior regarding their eggs and the newly hatched spiderlings.  UK Safari describes the behavior as:  “After mating, the female Nursery web spider lays her eggs into a silk cocoon which she carries around in her fangs.  Just before the eggs hatch, she spins a silk tent (nursery web) and releases her spiderlings inside it.  This tent offers them some protection for the first few days of their life.  After their first moult they leave the tent.  The female stays close to the tent until all the spiderlings have dispersed.”

Nursery Web Spider with her web

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What lays these eggs on stalks?
Location: New Orleans, LA
April 1, 2012 5:34 pm
I find these clusters of eggs laid on stalks on the frame around my front door. I live in New Orleans (Westbank). These pictures taken 3/31/2012. I have never seen the egg-laying critter.
Signature: Carl

Lacewing Eggs

Hi Carl,
These are most likely Lacewing Eggs, though we would not rule out some other species of Neuropteran as a possibility.  Insects in the order Neuroptera often lay eggs on stalks.  The larvae of Lacewings are fierce predators known commonly as Aphid Wolves.  It is believed that they have adapted to laying eggs on stalks to help reduce the possibility that hatchling Aphid Wolves will devour one another upon hatching.  Green Lacewings are also called Goldeneyes.

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Location:  Los Angeles, California
March 8, 2012
Dear WTB,
I’ve recently been sorting through some old photos and found these two images of a spider and egg sack that I took in my garden this past Fall.  My father told me that country people called them “writing spiders” and said that if you saw your name written in their webs you would die.  Both the spider and the egg sack were located in the same part of the garden and I assume the egg sack is from this spider.  Can you tell me the actual name of this spider and let me know if I should be excited to have more of them in my garden this spring?
Susan Lutz

Writing Spider

Dear Susan,
Your father is absolutely correct, at least as far as the name goes.  Writing Spider is a perfectly acceptable common name for this spider, as are Golden Orbweaver and Yellow Garden Spider, though if you really want to be technical, you would refer to this species as
Argiope aurantia to avoid any confusion.  The common name Writing Spider arises from the zigzag pattern spun into the web, a structure known as the stabilimentum.  We had never heard the lore regarding death being the outcome of seeing your name written in the web.  Tell Dr. Lutz we found that bit of trivia perfectly fascinating.  The Egg Sac is in fact that of a Writing Spider.  Here is a photo from our archives of a female Writing Spider and her Egg Sac.  Spiderlings will hatch in the spring and spin a silken thread to catch the wind in order to disperse, a behavior known as ballooning.  If you desire more information, you can always search BugGuide.

Egg Sac of a Writing Spider


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insect egg case, tropical
Location: dominical, Costa Rica
February 17, 2012 3:57 pm
Dear Bugman,
My wife found this interesting object attached to a hammock outside a house at which we were staying in Costa Rica, Feb 11, 2012. The house is near Dominical, just a few Km up in the mountains.
I’m guessing it is some kind of insect egg case, but I have never seen something quite like this with the little spikes all over. The color was probably a bit whiter than the attached images as the sun was setting at the time. It was about 5 cm long.
Signature: Sincerely, Hudson Ansley

Costa Rican Thing

Dear Hudson,
We have no idea what this thing is.  It might be an insect case, or it might be a fungus, or possibly part of a plant.  We are posting your unidentified mystery in the hope that someone might be able to provide an identification in the future.

Update:  Possibly Ootheca of Lanternfly
March 3, 3012
We received a comment suggesting this might be the egg case of a Lanternfly or Peanut Headed Bug,
Fulgora lanternaria.  We did find one photo online on Bug Hatch Stock Photography, but we cannot link to the image directly. 

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