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Unidentified insect eggs

Observed: 17th May 2009 By: Rob ColemanInvertebrates expert
Unidentified insect eggs

On the underside of an elder (sambucus) leaf


No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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insect eggs

These look very like eggs of a moth to me - you often see patches like this on the cardboard inside moth -traps. As to the species, we may never know, but a classic method is to rear them in captivity - or re-visit the site and see if there are any identifiable caterpillars on the bush. A number of moth larvae feed on elder including Brown-tail, Buff Ermine, Dot Moth, Emperor Moth, The Engrailed, Swallow-tailed Moth and The V-pug.

Bob Ford