Thursday, October 06, 2011
Assassin Bug Eggs
Back in summer, I saw a female leafhopper assassin bug (Zelus renardii) cruising among the milkweed, and obviously full of eggs.
Then I found this bunch of eggs on the underside of a milkweed leaf. The temporal and physical proximities suggested these were assassin bug eggs, plus these eggs didn't look like other insect eggs I had already found and identified. A bit of internet research indicated these are assassin bug eggs.
I kept checking on these eggs and one day actual observation confirmed the virtual evidence when I saw tiny assassin bugs were pouring out of the eggs. They looked a lot like mantises hatching, except a lot smaller. A day later they looked like this:
Now my photos join the body of virtual evidence in the circle of helpful electrons hoping to validate, identify or illuminate reality.