From the monthly archives: "December 2012"

Subject: Strange eggs on dead leaves
Location: Kansas City, MO
December 1, 2012 6:25 pm
Been seeing these little egg sac things on dead leaves all over. I am in Kansas City, MO. Any idea?
Signature: Celina

Oak Leaf Galls

Dear Celina,
These are not eggs.  They are Galls and they are produced by a tiny Gall Wasp.  They are produced as a larva feeds, and eventually an adult Gall Wasp will emerge from the gall.  The Galls in your photo are somewhat unusual in that they are on the top surface of the oak leaf.  We tend to see more Galls form on the underside of the leaves.  We will try to determine a little more specifically the identity of your Oak Leaf Galls.  We do not want to totally discount that these Galls might be produced by some other creature, like a mite or a fly.  See BugGuide for more information on Gall Wasps.

Oak Leaf Gall

Subject: Is it a parasite or its own eggs for reproduction
Location: Wesley Chapel, Fl
November 24, 2012 3:53 am
I found this today in Wesley Chapel, Fl Nov 2012.
The locus or grass hopper did not move quickly at all like other grass hoppers. He seemed very lethargic.
Signature: Andrea Puida

Obscure Bird Grasshopper with Eggs

Dear Andrea,
We believe we have correctly identified your Grasshopper as the Obscure Bird Grasshopper,
Schistocerca obscura, thanks to the excellent database on BugGuide.  We don’t believe these are the eggs of the Grasshopper.  We believe they are the pupae of some internal parasite, perhaps some species of fly or wasp.  We will do some additional research and seek some outside assistance for this identification as well.

Obscure Bird Grasshopper with Eggs

Thank you Daniel!
I couldn’t believe what I saw and knew it was a parasite.. I am excited to hear back from you as to what this parasite it is.
Thank you again,
Andrea Puida

Eric Eaton provides some insight
Wow, that is really strange.  I would bet, however, that those are actually grasshopper eggs, either from another female, or that somehow got oozed out of this very specimen.  She (I’m assuming this is a female), looks pretty damaged anyway, what with missing both hind legs.  Grasshoppers lay eggs in “pods,” whereby the eggs adhere to each other, and that is exactly the case here.  Normally the female lays her eggs under the soil, though.

The grasshopper was just sitting in my friends driveway. It just didn’t appear alert in any way, which is why I thought it was infested with a parasite because it inhibits its neurological way of living /behaviors. This creature was in no way afraid of me and I was very close to it. I took nearly 20 photos of it from every angle. Yes, I’m a medical student and was very intrigued ..
Please tell all involved thank you and I look forward to finding my next mysterious insect for you guys!!!

Hi again Andrea,
Eric’s observations that the Grasshopper looks damaged and your observations that she was not alert point to the possibility that she was somehow severely traumatized which might have caused her to expel her own eggs which then adhered to her body.  This is still an interesting mystery.

Additional Comment:  September 30, 2013
Subject: additional input  on grasshopper eggs or parisite
September 30, 2013 1:46 pm
so I found the same thing when I was feeding my turtle. Pulled off the legs of a grasshopper to feed him and out came these yellow ovals.  I believe them to be eggs too.
Signature: brandon

Subject: Unidentified insect – white w/ black dots, wings
Location: Port Arthur, TX
November 29, 2012 10:29 pm
Every day I take several trips to my backyard to check the pool for any insects or spiders that may have fallen in. Today (11-29-2012) I found this little insect which is one I have never seen before. I’ve tried doing a bit of investigating on my own, but this has me stumped.
Signature: Casey B

Giant Bark Aphid

Hi Casey,
According to BugGuide, the Giant Bark Aphid,
Longistigma caryae, is:  ” the largest aphid in North America with adults averaging about 1/4 inch long. They also have long legs which makes them appear even larger. Males and some females are winged but egg laying females are wingless.”  The host trees, according to BugGuide, are:  “American elm, pin oak, live oak, post oak, blackjack oak, pecan, hickory, sycamore, and golden rain tree. Other trees which might be infested include maple, basswood, birch, beech, walnut, chestnut, and willow.”

Giant Bark Aphid

Subject: Ecuador Genus Erateina Moth
Location: Milpe, Eucador
December 1, 2012 5:17 pm
Can you determine the species of this day flying moth?
Signature: Jim

Erateina cometaris we believe

Hi Jim,
This is a beautiful moth.  Thanks for providing us with the genus.  We would never have suspected this diurnal moth to be in the family Geometridae.  We would have guessed Uraniidae.  We believe we have matched your individual to the photos of a mounted specimen of
Erateina cometaris that we located on

Subject: Ovipositing Ladybug
Location: Maitland, FL
November 30, 2012 1:58 pm
I was in the yard with my camera yesterday and saw a ladybug on some lichen. At first she appeared to be eating it, but that made no sense. Once I repositioned myself, I could see that she was laying ladybug eggs! How cool! I’m sure it isn’t all that uncommon, but I was excited and wanted to share it with other bug people!
Signature: Brian

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Lays Eggs

Hi Brian,
Your photos are very nice and they are a marvelous addition to our archives.  We had hoped that you were lucky enough to have some species of native Lady Beetle laying eggs, but this appears to be the introduced Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle which has become very well established throughout North America.  While they are a beneficial species that feeds on Aphids and other plant pests, it is believed that as their numbers increase, they are crowding out our native species of Lady Beetles which is resulting in decreased species diversity in some areas.  You can read more about the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle on BugGuide.

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle lays eggs