On Jun 26, 2009, Roads from Winkler, MB,
While I was on holidays in Brisbane, Australia, I found this Cotton Harlequin female looking after her young. I checked up on it every once in a while over three days:
On the first day, she was just sitting over the eggs, and I resisted the urge to find out what she would do if she felt threatened. As I gently twisted the branch to get a better look, she moved herself so she was always upright.
By day two, the eggs had already hatched. I missed the event!
On day three, the nymphs had moved from the stem onto the leaf, and mom had stayed put.
Many thanks to kennedyh [[email protected]] for IDing this insect for me.