Insect and Bug ID forum: Egg identification please

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lisaloo123
May 14, 2016 9:05 PM CST
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Hi sorry these are the best photographs I could take with my smart phone. Can anyone possibly tell me what Will soon be eating my plants ? Thank you.
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dyzzypyxxy
May 14, 2016 9:29 PM CST
Hmm, no clue at all, sorry but I'll give a shout out to our moderator of the Butterflies forum and see if she's seen eggs like that.

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mellielong
May 14, 2016 10:16 PM CST
Well, I'll give it a whirl. The only caterpillar in my Caterpillars of Eastern North America book that is listed as eating Verbena - and I'm assuming that's what it is given the flower in the background - is the Common Looper (Autographa precationis). I Googled their eggs and BugGuide shows has two pictures.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/893888
http://bugguide.net/node/view/893884

Doesn't look like an exact match to me, but of course, you're the one who can see them in real life so I'll let you be the judge. I can tell you it's probably not a butterfly because I don't know of any that use Verbena as a host plant. Good nectar plant, though! So you've either got moth eggs, or some other kind of bug. FYI, always tell us what plant their on because butterflies and moths are picky eaters. Butterflies more so than moths. I say put them in a container and raise them to find out! But that's just me. It says they also eat beans, cabbage, dandelion, sunflower, thistle, so there should be plenty of food for them.

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
May 14, 2016 10:25 PM CST
Ooh! Ooh! My Google search wizardry thinks it might have found them. They might be some kind of soldier bug or stink bug. Look: http://dkphoto.photoshelter.com/image/I0000nHGKTO5U6pc

Do a Google image search on "spined soldier bug eggs" and look at the stuff that turns up.

Also, here's some info from UF about them. They're actually considered beneficial because they'll be eating other bugs - not your plants.

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/podisus_macul...
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St. Louis Missouri
lisaloo123
May 15, 2016 8:25 AM CST
Yay Melanie!
Thank you for the exact match. I guess they get to remain on my verbena. We will wait and watch.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 15, 2016 8:56 AM CST
Wow, well done, Melanie!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
May 15, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Glad I could help! And I learned something new myself!
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