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Insect Eggs on Maple Tree - Arilus cristatus

Insect Eggs on Maple Tree - Arilus cristatus
Amelia County, Virginia, USA
December 25, 2011
Size: approx. size of usa dime
Found today on my Maple tree - the outer dark colored edge surrounding the egg pattern is sticky and the consistency of honey.
Can you identify the insect that laid these eggs?

Moved from ID Request.

Looks like...
...Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) eggs to me.

Wheel Bug
Hello Ron,

Thank-you for your help, it looks like Wheel Bug is spot on. I've seen them around the yard before, very primitive looking.

I hope they all hatch and help with the Japanese beetle problems here.

Thanks again,

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