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Subject: Eggs on fencepost
Location: Edgewood, NM
September 15, 2012 7:20 am
Hello, what a wonderful site!!
I was walking our dogs around our property in Edgewood, NM and these little egg-like things caught my eye. They look like sesame seeds but I swear they’re not! (Yes, I’ve browsed your other readers’ letters…). Any ideas?
Signature: Laura and Paul

Unknown Eggs

Hi Laura and Paul,
While we do not want to discount that you or your neighbors might sit on the fence and eat sesame bagels, these are most definitely eggs and not seeds, but alas, it is often very difficult to identify eggs.  If eggs are laid on a food plant, it sometimes makes identifications easier, but we do not believe the fence post is a larval food chosen by the progenitor.  Your request has us stumped, though our first choice might be some species of Giant Silk Moth (These Promethea Moths laying eggs are not in your range, but other family members are.) as they often lay eggs in places other than food sources, though that generally happens when the short life span of the female is coming to an end if she has been attracted to a light source. 

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Subject: Aetalionid treehoppers
Location: Jaraguá, São Paulo, Brazil
September 3, 2012 10:49 am
I have lots of this bugs and I thought I could call them leafhoppers, but now I think I correct identified them as aetalionid treehoppers Aetalion reticulatum. The plant where they’re feeding is Cajanus cajan, the same as the membracid treehoppers you identified for me.
I registered a couple producing that substance. The picture where we can see lots of nymphs was taken four months later (that was not the time they hatch). I can say that this nymphs seem to be very very aggressive, it seems that they never leave the place where they was born but, if you hold the tip of the branch, they all come in the direction of your hand!
Signature: Cesar Crash

Aetalionid Treehoppers laying eggs and attracting an Ant

Hi Cesar,
Thank you for sending in your wonderful photos of
Aetalion reticulatum.  We believe the first image with two individuals and an ant represents two females laying eggs.  We believe the frothy substance is a mass of eggs with some protective secretion.  We also believe the Treehoppers must release honeydew which attracts the ants.  We verified our second theory thanks to the American Insects page on the species where it states:  “Aetalion reticulatum is often tended by ants (see photo below) or stingless bees.  The specific epithet refers to the net-like pattern of veins on the forewing.”  Beetles in the Bush has this comment on a similar photo:  “The individual pictured here is a female and she is guarding her egg mass. Females lay clutches of up to 100 eggs, which are covered in a viscous secretion.”

Aetalionid Treehopper nymphs and Ants

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Subject: Peanut /Lantern bug babies
Location: Drake Bay, Costa rica
August 30, 2012 4:15 pm
Hi Bugman,
My daughter and I found this egg pod while in Drake Bay, Costa Rica last week. We set it on a ledge because we had no idea what it was and in the morning there were babies all over. Thanks to your site , we identified them as Peanut/Lantern bugs. It was really cool to see and we wish we could have seem the mama. BTW…we took the Night Tour with Tracy and John. They were awesome and said to say hello. We got some amazing photos of a walking stick bug crawling on my daughter’s face if you would like me to send, let me know :)
Signature: Jennifer and Bella

Hatchling Peanut Headed Bugs

Dear Jennifer and Bella,
Thank you so much for clearing up this mystery.  These hatchlings clearly resemble the adult Peanut Headed Bug and your photograph proved that the unusual egg case we posted earlier this year is in fact that of a Lanternfly or Peanut Headed Bug.

Hatchling Peanut Headed Bugs

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Subject: Hatching Green Lacewing larva
Location: Naperville, IL
August 9, 2012 2:13 pm
Dear Daniel~
I have been determined to get photos of a green lacewing larva hatching ever since you first helped me identify its eggs many moons ago. Finally, with a new macro lens, a makeshift studio, and a little patience, I was rewarded this morning. I had to leave before I witnessed it crawl down its filament, but I was able to watch it perform some pretty impressive gymnastics to wriggle free from its egg. When I returned from my errand, it was crawling around its dried-up leaf, desperately seeking an aphid, so I returned it to the plant upon which it had been originally laid, only to witness it immediately begin to chase an oleander aphid. It moved far too swiftly for me to capture the moment, but it was awfully fun to watch. All the best to you!
Signature: -Dori Eldridge

Green Lacewing Egg

Hi Dori,
Your submission just made our morning and we will be tagging it as one of our scrolling homepage featured postings.  Your photos are wonderful and well worth the effort.  We remember reading as a child that Lacewing Eggs are stalked because the hatchlings are so ravenous that they would cannibalize their siblings if they were not distracted by needing to climb down the stalk after emerging.  The stalks also make nearby eggs something of an obstacle course to reach.  By evolving in this manner these hungry Aphid Wolves, as they are commonly called, would have a greater survival rate and would subsequently help control Aphids that can reproduce in prodigious numbers.  This is also a fine place to take a break and have a morning cup of coffee as the sky is just beginning to lighten here in Los Angeles.

Green Lacewing Hatches

Thank you, Daniel! It is your web site and your book – that I actually carry around with me – that have made me so interested in capturing snapshots of this absolutely fascinating world. I am always astounded and humbled by the intricacies of critters so tiny that I can barely see them with my own eyes. Thank you for this wonderful web site. Enjoy your coffee!
-Dori Eldridge

That is so nice to hear Dori.  The coffee was wonderful, but it is time to perk a new pot.  That first morning cup was left from the day before, but percolated coffee keeps quite well at room temperature and it ensures a quick first cup that just needs to be reheated.

Daniel, have you seen this recent story about a new lacewing species and its unique discovery process:
I thought it rather timely! I hope you have a lovely weekend.
-Dori Eldridge

Thanks Dori,
There are so many unidentified species on FlickR.  We often find matches to insects we are trying to identify and many times there is no identification.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful news story.

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Subject: Eggs on Fennel Leaf
Location: Atlanta, GA
July 8, 2012 5:17 pm
These egss were deposited a couple of days ago on a bronze fennel leaf. They are small, about the size of a pin head. Hoping you can help identify. Thanks!
Signature: Amy R

Unknown Eggs

Dear Amy,
Eggs can be very difficult to identify, and though this formation seems distinctive, it does not look familiar to us.  Our best guess is that perhaps they are either a moth or a type of True Bug.  We will continue to research this.

As an update, I’ve attached a picture of some of the hatchlings. Some kind of looper? The picture was taken, today, 07/11/2012.

Eggs on Fennel Hatch into Caterpillars

Thanks Amy,
It seems our first guess, Moth Eggs, was correct.  Also, judging by the way the caterpillars move, they are the hatchlings of a Geometrid Moth, often called Inchworms or Spanworms.  We will see if we can determine what species feeds on fennel.

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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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