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Hi all,
Can anyone help identify these insect eggs? I saw them last year on a different plant but was never able to ascertain what came out of them. They appear to be too large for aphids I normally see, 3-6mm. Perhaps some sort of white fly? The sheer amount of them concerns me.


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,039
    It's a bit hard to tell but I can see some legs and eyes so I suspect they are a type of aphid rather than eggs. There's definitely an aphid in the top photo.
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  • 220adam220adam Posts: 3
    I think you might be right. They're rather large for aphids, not the usual small green ones I see that are easily knocked off with water. Might require some fat lady bugs to come along sooner than later.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,039
    There's about 600 species of aphid in the UK so size , colour and shape does vary quite a lot. Each species tends to prefer different types of plant so, as a general rule, if you see some on a new plant then they are likely to be different to the ones you see on regular plants. The normal greenfly and whitefly tend to be fairly generalist feeders though I think. Birds are already nesting in places though so hopefully many of these will be disappearing down hungry little beaks soon enough.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,203
    The lupin ones are particularly large and unpleasant looking.
    Bit like something from a sci fi film  :D
    You can always wipe them off for now, and hope the birds are queuing up for the next lot.... ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • 220adam220adam Posts: 3
    Yes I think that's where are first saw them, on my Lupin plant. I thought something was hatching out of Alien. So these are likely the same.
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