Subject: What’s Hatching on my Super Lemon Haze?
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Time: 09:32 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Dear Bugman,
I’m sorry to trouble you again so soon, but because I am very nervous regarding Budworms, I am trying to inspect my plants carefully every day. Today I noticed these creatures hatching from eggs laid on my Super Lemon Haze hybrid. They were moving around the eggs quickly and appeared to be crawling on top of one another. What’s going on here? Do I have a need to worry?
The first photo was shot without a flash and the other two were shot with a flash.
How you want your letter signed: Constant Gardener
Dear Constant Gardener,
These appear to be Stink Bug Eggs, possibly from the Red Shouldered Stink Bug you submitted yesterday, but those are not Stink Bugs that are hatching. We immediately suspected some Parasitoid Wasp, so we researched Parasitoids that attack Stink Bug eggs, and we found this image on BugGuide of a parasitoid in the genus Telenomus that looks similar to your individuals and this image on BugGuide of another member of the genus. We also located this image on BugGuide of a different parasitoid in the genus Trissolcus and this image on BugGuide of a member in that same genus, both of which have also parasitized Stink Bug eggs. Of the latter genus, BugGuide indicates: “parasitize eggs of Pentatomorpha.” Your images lack critical sharpness due to soft focus, and the images taken with flash also have some “ghosting” from a slow shutter speed. Additionally, we lack the necessary expertise to provide an accurate species or genus identification, but both genera are in the subfamily Telenominae in the family Platygastridae, and this represents a new subcategory for our site. Furthermore, your images are excellent examples of how pests can be controlled with organic methods.