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Are these eggs?

Post  TheVickster on Mon 8 Aug 2011 - 19:05

And yet another reason why I wear gloves in the garden . . . ick. Any idea what left these behind? I found them on a pepper leaf.



This is slightly enlarged. Sorry, my camera didn't want to focus . . .


My bug book and google search turned up nothing. Thanks!!


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Re: Are these eggs?

Post  pattipan on Mon 8 Aug 2011 - 19:22

They look like some type of stink bug eggs, but I'm not sure what kind. See if you can find yours here (there are several pages of images, although not all of them have id's):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/95895/bgimage?from=0

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Post  Tril on Tue 9 Aug 2011 - 3:54

I agree with Patti.... stinkbug eggs.



Check out some insect eggs!



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Post  TheVickster on Tue 9 Aug 2011 - 10:47

Thanks Tril and Pattipan!

So, are stink bugs harmful to plants?

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Post  pattipan on Tue 9 Aug 2011 - 11:26

@TheVickster wrote:Thanks Tril and Pattipan!

So, are stink bugs harmful to plants?

Yes! A lot of the damage comes from stinging leaves and fruit (like tomatoes and peppers). Someone will correct me if I am wrong, but from what I've read I don't think that there is such a thing as a beneficial stink bug!

Despite that they are a bad bug in the garden, I find those little egg cases fascinating to look at. I found some harlequin bug eggs on my broccoli. They're black and white and kind of pretty. I did end up removing the leaf and squishing the lot, though!



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Post  pattipan on Tue 9 Aug 2011 - 11:36

Okay, after a quick Google search on "beneficial stink bugs" I stand corrected...apparently there are some!

http://www.entomology.umn.edu/cues/Web/267Insecta.Hemiptera.Pentatomidae.pdf

Determining which they would require taking a entomology class. In my small garden, i would rather eliminate them, then ask questions later -- ha!

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Post  Unmutual on Wed 10 Aug 2011 - 11:50

I have the shield-shaped stink bugs on my cherry tomatoes.

Okay, after a quick Google search on "beneficial stink bugs" I stand corrected...apparently there are some!

Great, and I thought I could kill them indiscriminately...oh well. Maybe that's why they were hanging out on the tomatoes, to eat the darn caterpillars!

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Post  Josh on Wed 10 Aug 2011 - 12:05

Shocked Those are the coolest looking bug eggs I've ever seen, going out to look for some in my garden, I've seen the stink bugs out there bounce

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Post  Tril on Wed 10 Aug 2011 - 16:05

I found eggs like these on my pepper plant... didn't know what it was so I destroyed them. Now I know they are lacewing eggs. I feel bad. The larvae eat "bad" bugs... they're called Aphid Lions (the larvae). Oh well. Live and learn... and protect THESE eggs! LOL




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Post  martha on Wed 10 Aug 2011 - 16:08

Tril, thank you for the PSA. I probably would have done the same thing - but they are really amazing looking.

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Post  Tril on Thu 11 Aug 2011 - 4:10

I didn't even realize they were eggs when I plucked the leaf and stomped on it. I was looking for tomato hornworms. I thought it was some form of nasty fungus. LOL I should have taken the time to look it up, but I was rushing off to the hospital and knew I didn't have time... and figured it was better to err on the side of caution.

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