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What To Do With Rosy Maple Eggs?
May 30, 2010
My 4 1/2 year old daughter and I visit your website regulary to identify new moths and bugs we find each morning around our house!
One of our favorites is the pink/yellow Rosy Maple Moth.
We found a rather large one yesterday and withing a few minutes of putting her into one of our bug houses, she began to lay eggs! Now 24 hours later she’s still working and is up to about 30 tiny yellow eggs on the walls of the habitat.
So our question is about what to do witht the eggs? Should we release Rosy after she’s done laying all of them?
If we leave the eggs alone in the bug house, will they hatch?
I’m assuming it might be too much to try and feed the larvae/catpillars for so long, so what kind of tree should we release them on after they hatch (if we’re so lucky)?
Thanks fo your help!
Mo & Skyler
Albany, New York (mid-state)

Rosy Maple Moth lays eggs

Dear Mo & Slyler,
Your letter contains so many wonderful questions.  You should not try to move the eggs because you may damage them.  Releasing the female moth after laying eggs will probably not matter since she will soon die.  Rosy Maple Moths, Dryocamps rubicunda, are members of the family Saturniidae, the Giant Silkmoths and Royal Moths, and they do not feed as adults since they have atrophied mouth parts.  Releasing her soon will allow her to continue to lay eggs near a proper food source for the caterpillars.  The eggs should hatch, provided the female mated.  If she was captured before mating, the eggs will not be viable.  The caterpillars should grow quickly.  To provide a learning experience, you can release most of the caterpillars, and try raising just a few.  The caterpillars will feed on the leaves of maple and oak trees.  If the name of a plant is incorporated into the common or scientific name for an insect, it is inevitable that the plant is part of the insect’s diet.

Hi Daniel:
Thanks for such a quick response!  I figured maple leaves might be as obvious as it is, but I wanted to be sure.   We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed the eggs are fertilized!

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Whose eggs are these?
May 29, 2010
I found these on a dishcloth I brought in from the line today. They’re 0.75mm across, hard, and they stick to the cloth. I’m curious to know what they are. Thanks!
Fredericton, NB, Canada

Spined Soldier Bug Eggs

Five Minutes Later
Hi, I just wrote you about some tiny black eggs. They’re spined soldier bugs; a quick google search turned this up. I thought IDing the eggs would have been more difficult, but the internet’s a big place. Thanks for the website; I’ve visited before but never had a question until today.

Spined Soldier Bug Eggs

Hi Derek,
We are pleased to hear that you identified your eggs as those of a Spined Soldier Bug in the genus Podisus.  Here is an image from BugGuide for comparison.  Spined Soldier Bugs are actually Predatory Stink Bugs.

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My Spring Moth Collection (digital, of course)
May 11, 2010
Hello Daniel and Lisa,
There has been a huge variety of moths visiting under the safety light this Spring, but I hesitate to send the photos on to you.  I know that this is a very busy time.
Some that I’d like to send:
1. Tiger Moth, Spilomosa congrua
2. Tiger Moth, Spilomosa dubia
for your Tiger Moth page.
3. White-dotted Prominent, Nadata gibbosa
for your Prominent page.
4. Tulip Tree Silkmoth, Callosamia angulifera, laying eggs (I’m assuming they’re hers)
5. Eggs all over the wall.
There are so many including Laudable Arches, Polyphemus, Common Emerald that I hope I’ve identified correctly, and so many more that I haven’t yet been able to identify.
Let me know if you have time and if you’re interested in my silly stuff.
R.G. Marion
The Great Smoky Mountains, TN

May 22, 2010
Dear RG,
Your letter arrived in our absence (Mother’s Day visit) and we are just catching up on old mail.  Please resend this letter with the Tulip Tree Silkmoth.

Tulip Tree Silk Moth lays eggs

Hoping your Mother’s Day visit was wonderful…
At one time, there were as many as five of these beauties on the wall.

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Red insect building amber cells
May 9, 2010
Can you please identify these red insects that are building these amber cells? They’re on my window. They are slow moving; it was very hard to tell if they were alive or not. The body is 3 mm in length x 1mm wide. The amber cells are about 1 mm x 1mm.
Raleigh, NC

Leaf Footed Bugs Hatching

Dear Helen,
These are hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae.  We are uncertain of the species, but we matched them to a photograph posted to BugGuide.

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What kind of moth is this?
April 16, 2010
The reddish moth showed up two nights ago, and this afternoon I noticed she (I’m assuming she’s a she) had begun to lay eggs on a deck post. This evening the darker moth (the male?) landed next to her, and they seemed to connect at the thorax in bit of “nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more” moth love. I’ve found about four different moth identifications that could be this moth, but I’m curious what you think it is.
Landrum, South Carolina

Promethea Moths Mating

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More Polyphemus Love
April 2, 2010
About 3 1/2 weeks later… :)
Houston, Texas

Polyphemus Eggs Hatching

Thanks for the update Matt.  It is great seeing the result of the mating photo you sent.

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