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Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Anyone know who might have left these eggs. I have 2 of these eggs patches on the, I use the term loosely, lawn. Each patch is about the size of a salad plate.

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Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Here's a close up. The patches of eggs are side by side.

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Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

oh heavens, I sure hope it's a good thing.

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

It was not me! :)

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Me too tiG!! I think they may have hatched already...that was very quick, hardly worth what looks like a lot of exacting work!
LOL 'Chele!!

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

I have seen this picture before. (well, one like it) maybe post it in garden foes?? it needs more people looking at it.

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Here'a a picture from yesterday...after hours of rain. Dead, dying or hatched??

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Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

where is Bug_girl??? I have no idea, but can't wait to find out what they are!!
don't bring any Saturday ;)

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Awww...I have plenty to share!

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

okay, I'll swap you aphids!!

where is everyone that would know what these are?????

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Oh Im sorry, I forgot to tell you...mine are a package deal...they come WITH aphids! Special 2 for 1

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Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

oh my goodness!! what a great camera! I wrote Bug_girl, hoping she will stop in.

San Francisco, CA

Hi, I am not really a bug expert, in fact the name bug girl means "one you bugs you" or annoys you. However, they could be like a fungal diesase, but I am not sure. They don't look like eggs of any kind I have ever seen. Maybe you should ask Bug Guy?

Mcallen, TX(Zone 8a)

Or you could ask the country extension service

Mount Hermon, LA(Zone 8b)

Looks like a job for RoundUp. Or shovel-pruning. :)

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

Here are some replies from some guys who are experts, I have cut and pasted the answers:

Here are a couple of responses from folks who should know. I tend to believe that this is a mold or fungus rather than an insect.
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John: if you say it is not insect related, it might be the early stages of one of the slime molds. Normally, these molds develop a brown, grey or black spore mass of matrix. I have never seen one that looks like this...but the overall morphology is similar to one of the slim molds that sometimes develops on St Augustinegrass (but it is usually grey-to-black in color).
If it is a slime mold, it is growing superficially on the surface of plant tissue and can normally be readily dispersed by a garden hose. Tends to be a nuisance but it is not a plant pathogen.

Larry B

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John,
They could be mantispid eggs -- which generally have short, upright stalks, and are laid in large numbers like that. But, I don't recall mantispid eggs being so bright white. They almost look like slime-mold fruiting bodies, but I don't see any plasmodium from which they might be growing. If they were collected, it shouldn't be too hard to get them to at least order from the first instar larvae (if they are insect eggs).
John O.
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I hope that this helps.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

I lean towards the insect eggs theory myself. Looks like little parasitic wasp eggs you sometimes can find on caterpillars. It's wierd that they would turn black like that. Are you sure it wasn't aphid eggs?

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

I finally did collect a 'branch' of these eggs. I put them in a jar and they turned balck as well with no sign of any critter. I do have a picture of a caterpillar eating it's way along a section of them (for another thread) I'm going to go look for mantispid eggs. Thanks for all the input
Edited to add this link that shows the caterpillar eating the eggs
http://davesgarden.com/fp.php?pid=502100

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Sarasota, FL(Zone 9b)

I don't know but what lens are you using...great photos!

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Thanks DP6, Most all my work is done in macro. I'm fascinated by the tiny creatures in the garden and the make up of the flowers when you get really close. This is a zinnia, I love the flowers within the flower

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Sarasota, FL(Zone 9b)

I am just learning about macro lenses...do they come in different magnifications like normal lenses>

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Dale - go by the wildlife forum. Stacey has some amazing stuff up there. :)

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

DP6, I just use macro mode on my digital camera and "zoom" to focus as I want. I used to use different macro lenses when I used SLR but thats been a long time ago. Digital is to easy and instantaneous for me to ever go back to film.
Thanks GW!

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