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ok, so what flappy insects lay eggs on washing?

 
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dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 18 1:50 pm    Post subject: ok, so what flappy insects lay eggs on washing?  Reply with quote    

washing on line, darkish and multicoloured target, usually cotton, polycotton or silk

eggs 2mm long, ridged, pale buff/grey on a silk thread tether

i half suspect something small white and butterfly themed but whatever they are it isn't a good breeding tactic.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 18 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a feeling I have heard about the silk tether, but can't think where. I am pretty sure you are right about the butterflyie thing.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 18 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you ask a search engine about eggs on stalks it says 'Lacewings'.

Fairly certain they are not laid that way by butterflies.


I think Gerald Durrell mentions stalked eggs in "My Family and Other Animals" but my copy isn't immediately to hand.


The pictures on the web look amazing.


Henry

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 18 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I second lacewings as likely source. yay lacewings!

buzzy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 18 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So is the washing on dpack's line lacey, or is it very realistic camouflage mistaken for foliage?

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 18 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they do look rather like the photos in that the stalk egg proportions are similar but the shape and colour is not typical.

i have one in a pot , i will get a decent photo seems a good idea

buzzy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 18 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are many species of lacewing - I'm guessing that there is variation in the type of egg and stalk. If you get a good snap, may I send it to my former colleague who is quite likely to know?

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 18 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i can pop it in an envelope

perhaps photo's and pop it in among the plants is more ethical

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