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Jun 6, 2013 9:46 AM CST

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A "mini-database" for pictures and identification of various insect eggs and egg cases found in the garden.
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wildflowers
Aug 9, 2013 2:15 PM CST
Here is a picture of the eggs of Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus). Picture taken in April; you can see that they have hatched and some of the nymphs have shed their skins and left them behind. Since the nymphs are known to eat each other, that may account for some of the skeletons left behind.


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Here is a pics of some of the nymphs at the same location.

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Aug 9, 2013 6:35 PM CST

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Those are incredible photos!
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woofie
Aug 15, 2013 1:27 PM CST
I agree Great photos! Thumbs up What kind of plants and in what area do they infest? I'd never heard of them!
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Aug 15, 2013 1:59 PM CST
I noticed the eggs early this spring after going to inspect the dead tree limb that they were housed on. They don't infest any plants that I know of as they are predators of soft bodied insects, dining mainly on beetles and caterpillars. I've observed them eating beetles in my garden, flying insects and spiders too. Blinking They're considered beneficial since they will eat bugs like Japanese beetles and larvae that damage plants. But, they're indiscriminate eaters and will eat other beneficials... it's not perfect but I usually leave them alone. They are good at hiding, so maybe that's why you haven't seen any? I think they can be found all over North America.

Nymph and long horned beetle -
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Adult
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Aug 15, 2013 2:05 PM CST
Thought I should mention, they don't actually "eat" their victim but they inject enzymes, paralyzing it and dissolving its insides, and then drains all of the victim's bodily fluids. Blinking
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Apr 18, 2015 8:46 AM CST
Interesting eggs? found on the back of plum leaf.


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Spore
Jul 6, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Can anyone identify what this is. It has popped up on a few of my persimmon saplings. I've been cleaning off the leaves or pulling them off and throwing them in the fire pit. I'm sure there is a better way to go about it. It's causing some leaves to be
deformed or damaged. :(

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Jul 6, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Sorry, Spore, I cannot tell what I'm looking at. It's a little too blurry. Can you describe what you're seeing or get a clearer picture?
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woofie
Jul 6, 2016 10:53 AM CST
Kind of looks like mealy bugs to me, but I'm not really sure.
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Dianam74
Jul 7, 2016 6:19 PM CST
Good evening, I was wondering if anyone could help me identify these insects/eggs? I found them under several leaves on my yellow pepper plants.

Thanks in advance.
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Jul 7, 2016 6:37 PM CST
Those remind me of something I saw a couple of months ago. I thought they were eggs but they turned out to be seeds. Do you have any spores growing?

Take a look at these: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1136019/

They could be some other kind of seeds being splashed on the leaves from rain? Not sure where you are located or if you are having any rain but that's what it reminds me of.
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Dianam74
Jul 8, 2016 4:44 PM CST
@wildflowers, we live in Miami FL. and it's not any kind of seed. I also see what looks like whiteflies or some other tiny white fly on these plants in minor quantities.
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Jul 8, 2016 6:40 PM CST
Whitefly eggs are clear color. Most eggs are typically in a more uniform pattern, if you know what I mean. Not so haphazardly as the ones in your picture.
You might want to check to see if back things are moving, maybe black aphids? Or flea beetles which are known to attack anything in the Solanaceae family which includes peppers. I see that there is also what looks like a white film in the areas where the black things are.

I'm at a loss. Let's ask @mellielong if she can help you? She lives in the southern part of Florida, I think. Maybe she will have an idea or by some crazy chance she's seen them before.

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Jul 9, 2016 12:54 AM CST
No idea here, but UF has a pretty good paper on all the things that attack peppers: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi040
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woofie
Jul 9, 2016 10:46 AM CST
They almost look like some sort of aphids.
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Oct 1, 2016 12:30 PM CST
I saw this Tomato Hornworm on my Cherokee Purple plant that still churning them out ... but the lil critter had already been done in by a Braconid wasp . Sorta late in the year for the moth to just be emerging ?

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Oct 1, 2016 3:20 PM CST
Great pic, Peg! Thumbs up I don't know for sure but it seems like many things are running late in the bug world.

Here's an egg sac from the Garden spider Argiope aruantia.
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Lynx spider guarding egg sac
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