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Photo#300436
Eggs

Eggs
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
July 6, 2009
Size: 6mm (1/4") mass
Green eggs and aphids....
Found on the underside of a Redbud leaf. This aphid would not leave these eggs. It would circle around the leaf or go on the other side for a second or so but always come right back to them. I think I even saw it lunge at a small spider, which scurried away.
What is going on here?
What are the eggs from?
What species is the aphid?

Images of this individual: tag all
Eggs Eggs Eggs Eggs - Hyaliodes harti Eggs - Hyaliodes harti

Moved
Moved from True Bugs.
It seems to make more sense here. If you don't like it you can move it again.

 
Is there a reason
to keep this one? The 2 cropped ones seem to cover it. They aren't interacting here, just in the same field of view. Notes on the cropped images saying they were on the same leaf at the same time may cover the value of this image.

Moved
Moved from Stink Bugs.

 
Location
would it be better to frass this one image, and keep the other 2 pairs where they are now, rather than having the series in 3 different locations just because this one contains both? We have many images that contain a spider and a moth, but we don't put it up in Arthropoda, we just pick one. I'm not sure if this one has much value if it just shows 2 unrelated insects in one field of view. Or was it preying on the eggs? I think I may see a couple of eggs that look a little deflated with a red mark in the top. Then it might go with the immature insect.

unexpectedly lovely...
They look more like little frosted cups of fruit sorbet than a source of stink bugs! Beautiful shapes, textures, and colors. This is why I love bugs...

...
These are stink bug eggs, and I think that's not an aphid but maybe a mirid nymph. At least one species of mirid is predaceous:

...I don't think this is the same species, but maybe another predaceous species.

 
Not cornicles?
I just sort of assumed from a quick glance at these photos that the dark spiky looking things on the back of the insect were the cornicles found on all aphids. It wasn't until after reading Charely's comment and enlarging your images that I could tell that perhaps they are just black markings on the abdomen. Sam, could you include a cropped/enlarged image of this area so that (non-editor) viewers can see what I'm talking about?

Very interesting images, BTW!

 
....
I agree that those are just black "spots". I can crop to show just those but the image will be blurry and pretty bad.

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