Subject: Green insect eggs
Location: Northern Virginia
August 16, 2015 4:48 am
What insect do you think laid these eggs? We found them in Northern Virginia, maybe 10 miles from the Washington Dulles airport. My son is extremely interested in spiders and insects. He (6 years old) can identify stinkbug eggs.
Signature: John Pfaff

Carolina Sphinx eggs on Datura

Carolina Sphinx eggs on Datura

Dear John,
When it comes to identifying immature insect stages for plant feeding species, it is very helpful to know the plant upon which the insects were found.  This leaf looks like it belongs to Jimsonweed or
Datura, and several Hornworms from the genus Manduca feed on Solanaceous plants.  We believe these eggs are those of a Carolina Sphinx, and that they will hatch into Tobacco Hornworms, a species known to feed on the leaves of tomatoes and peppers as well, though Datura and Nightshade are native plant hosts for the species.  This image from BugGuide supports our identification.

Carolina Sphinx Eggs

Carolina Sphinx Eggs

Thanks so much!!  My son is going to be a huge fan of your website.
John

Location: Virginia

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