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Egghead - Leptoglossus

Egghead - Leptoglossus
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
February 18, 2008
This is a 'frass' quality image. I was trying to get a good close up of this area on the leaf footed bug head, but it dropped into the leaf litter and vanished. I have never seen an egg on a bug like this before.

Is this some kind of parasite egg?

Moved
Moved from Leaf-footed Bugs.

This one has an explanation (
This one has an explanation (tachinid fly egg)

These don't...

 
Wow ...
I guess the fly larva hatches and bores into the bug's head? I wish I could find that bug and get a clearer shot of it.

Thanks!

 
A "Natural Moment" for sure.
You should consider submitting this to "Natural History Magazine" for the "Natural Moment" department, including the caption you use here. I'd be happy to write the copy if you need that....

 
Naturally...
It would be worth a try :^). The original image isn't too bad as long as you don't crop it too much. I'll send you an e-mail.

Thanks,

Scott

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