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Pinhead-sized eggs laid on almond foliage?

Posted by meredith_e 7B Piedmont NC (My Page) on
Fri, May 31, 13 at 1:32

I'm trying to promote beneficial bugs and use pesticides (or hand kill in this case) only on the bad guys by timing of application and choice of pesticide :)

I just found a very organized set of lined-up, pinhead-sized, whitish/beige eggs on my All-in-One almond. Does that ring any bells for anyone?

The eggs are on the underside of the leaf, and the tree looks really great (just blooms a little early ;) ). I haven't noticed any bad guys on it, but it's in a backyard orchard, so it might not be something that's particularly attracted to almond trees specifically.

Thanks for any ideas! I just killed a Swallowtail caterpillar on a parsley plant by not knowing what is what, so I'm trying to learn to ID more things. I have tons of parsley and would have preferred the butterfly!


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RE: Pinhead-sized eggs laid on almond foliage?

Please post a picture. It does howeever sound like caterpillar egs. Swallowtails tend to lay their eggs on passiflora species if im not mistaken


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RE: Pinhead-sized eggs laid on almond foliage?

Thanks for your input! I'm going to look up pictures of the eggs of the possible butterflies we have here to double-check. But in looking for a picture (my cell phone camera is kaput), I keep running across stink bugs.

The eggs on my almond look just like these (better link later, too):

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/bean/southern_green_stink_bug04.jpg

We definitely have stink bugs in large numbers. Apparently they found the orchard.

I might have to do a separate post, but if anyone is reading this and knows an IPM approach to stink bugs, please give a shout.

My go-to insecticide is Spinosad because it preserves the beneficials well, but I don't think it works well on stink bugs.

At least I can get the eggs off the trees, though! My trees aren't very big yet :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Like my eggs; these are stink bug eggs


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