Insect and Bug ID forum: Hello, I wasn't sure who to go to but I need help in deciphering something.

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Ariachnos
Jun 9, 2015 11:18 PM CST
So I have a luna moth that hatched recently and I'll be letting her go quite soon. I'm a bit perplexed as to if this is an egg... or frass. If it's the latter, it's going in the trash. I should also add this is up on a wall and not on the floor. Any help would be appreciated :)


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JRsbugs
Jun 10, 2015 2:08 AM CST
Welcome!

Luna Moth:

100-300 eggs are laid four to seven at a time on the undersides of leaves; they are incubated by both parents for eight to thirteen days.


There's a photo of the eggs which can be enlarged, does it look like it could be an egg? Moths would mate and lay their eggs very soon after emerging, nature often doesn't allow them to live for long so time is of essence to survival. If you caught the moth straight after it emerged then it won't have had chance to mate, nor incubate the eggs. Often, a 'spare' egg is laid away from the rest.

http://www.robinsonlibrary.com/science/zoology/insects/lepid...

A close up shot of eggs ..

http://www.facepunch.com/threads/822445-I%E2%80%99m-going-to...

If it's not these eggs, it might be an insect of some sort at a certain stage so I would watch it.




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Ariachnos
Jun 10, 2015 2:33 AM CST
They do look extremely similar to what the luna moth left behind. Thanks :)
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
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JRsbugs
Jun 10, 2015 4:05 AM CST
You're welcome. I tip my hat to you.

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