Subject: Eggs on a hand
Geographic location of the bug: Oklahoma United States
Time: 01:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:n A bug laid eggs oon my friend’s hand. Creepy but cool too. Can you identify the bug egg?
How you want your letter signed: Lee walker
When we initially read your subject line, we really didn’t have much hope we would be of any assistance, however, the eggs of Lacewings are so distinctive, we had no trouble. The Lacewing has adapted to lay its egg on a stalk so that when each egg hatches, the larval Lacewing, commonly called an Aphid Wolf, it has to crawl down the stalk before it can begin to forage for prey. Lacewing larvae have ferocious appetites and they will eat any small creature they encounter. This adaptation helps to prevent cannibalism. We are curious though, how this managed to happen without your friend noticing the insect, because no description of the Lacewing is included in your request.