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.
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.