Martin Harvey's picture

Unknown eggs

Observed: 30th May 2009 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
Invertebrates expert
possible caddis eggs 004
possible caddis eggs 001
possible caddis eggs 003
Description:

I'm assuming that these are the eggs of an invertebrate, but no idea what sort of invertebrate! They were laid on the stem of a poppy, adjacent to our small garden pond.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

horsefly eggs?

Malcom Storey (of Bioimages) advises me that these may be eggs of one of the horsefly species (Diptera, family Tabanidae), and having read up a little on these it does seem a likely answer.

The only horsefly I've ever seen in my garden is Tabanus bromius, and the description of eggs for that genus does match these photos reasonably well, so perhaps that is the answer.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Ian Wallace's picture

I saw the same type of eggs

I saw the same type of eggs and wondered about horseflies so thanks for putting them up and for Malcol's identification.

Ian Wallace, UK Trichoptera Recording Scheme

dejayM's picture

2009 Title

I don't think there's much doubt, even after all these years.
But there are more now http://www.ispotnature.org/node/287644
See http://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/16001-horsefly-eggs
and https://skyeraasayplants.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/
and
http://bugguide.net/node/view/49089/bgimage
So why not change the title Martin. Who knows, more people might find it after a Core Edit.
It is an excellent (historical) observation and I just missed its anniversary!
Regards
ðerek
Just trawling Unknowns!