Sunday, August 26, 2012

Insect Eggs on Badminton Net

While there are indeed more substantial problems facing the world today, mine, at this moment, involves the identification of insects that apparently have decorated my badminton net with tiny eggs. When first deposited, the eggs are white and glistening, turning darker after a few days.
Above/Below ::: Here are the culprits, a little out of focus, but you get the idea!
The general consensus on the internet is that these are Salt Marsh Caterpillar eggs. Could that be true?

Let's scrape some of the eggs off the net for safekeeping. We'll bring them inside so we can keep a more watchful eye on the inhabitants.Call this post "a work in progress" as I will be back to either update and/or comment on the latest developments as the story unfolds...

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  1. You may notice light and dark variations in the colour of the eggs. You may think that there were 2 different moths laying eggs but, if one lot were laid first then another came along later then they would be at different stages of maturity. Eggs are light coloured at first but darken as the larvae matures inside it. They will then hatch and eat the egg shell ( a good food source) before moving off to find their foodplant. Normally the moth would lay it's eggs on the foodplant but if the female is 'busting' to lay then it will do so on the nearest object, of which a net is often the preferred choice! Have fun!

  2. Tuesday 8/28 some of the eggs on the net hatched - tiny tiny littlepillars emerged - so small I can't take their picture...


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