Every so often I find one of these mysterious golden eggs on a leaf in
my yard. I've found them on a variety of plants, so I could not ID the
egg based on it being a bug that eats any specific sort of plant. It's
been a head scratcher that's bugged me for years now, and I'd long since
given up on trying to figure it out. Then - out of the blue - the answer
happened right in front of me!
I caught this Leaffooted bug
laying the egg! It was a pale creamy color
with just the faintest hint of gold. The Leaffooted bug egg seemed to
glisten more while I took pictures.
It was getting late, and the setting sun was dim behind the clouds, so I
had to use the flash.
Here are some of the no longer mysterious, but still golden, eggs that
I've found in the past.
eggs are such an odd shape, sort of like a squashed oval
that's pinched on top.
I have another page about Leaffooted bugs
that has lots of photographs of both adults and nymphs of these
Leaf-footed Bugs, Chondrocera laticornis.