Unknown egg cases – help Bugman
February 21, 2010
My daughter and I discovered this array of egg cases on the underside of a branch today, February 21st. The entire array measures maybe 3/4 x 3/4 inch. They are stuck to the branch by a mass of black goo.
Curious in NC
Central North Carolina
These are the eggs of a Wheel Bug, Arilus cristatus, the largest Assassin Bug in North America. Wheel Bugs are beneficial predators that will help control the population of many plant eating insects in your garden. BugGuide has an image of the hatching eggs for an idea what the hatchlings will look like.
Thanks so much for the quick reply. We are overrun with wheel bugs here and know them well but never knew what the eggs looked like. My daughter is watching them daily in hopes of catching them hatching.
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