Monday, June 30, 2014

Cute Blob Monsters!?

I was moving some plants around on my porch yesterday when I noticed these weird blobby things on a small leaf. What in the world??
 

OK, so despite what appear to be puppy-like eyes and noses, I guessed these weren't actually tiny blob monsters. Since I didn't see any legs or movement, I figured these things were probably eggs of some sort. And indeed, after a little online searching, these "creatures" turn out to be the eggs of a Leaf-footed Bug, probably the species Acanthocephala terminalis, which I see around the yard pretty frequently. From some angles, you can even just make out the little bug nymphs all folded up inside the eggs:
 

Well that was an unexpected and delightful discovery! Insects never cease to amaze.

1 comment:

  1. What a cool find! And what a great photo of it! I'll be looking for these, now that you have showed us what they are. Thanks.

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