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Lacewing Eggs - Family Berothidae or Chrysopidae? I found several of these egg clusters hanging from the rotting roof of a porch, where termites have been an issue. The eggs appear to be on the end of a single stalk, or perhaps a twisted stalk...There was also an egg that looked like it had been laid horizontally along the stalk. It&#039;s hard to tell, but it looks like the eggs have hatched, so rearing them out is not an option. I am seeking help to narrow down the ID.<br />
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Habitat: Laid on the rotting roof of a porch in a rural area<br />
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Habitat: Laid on the rotting roof of a porch in a rural area<br />
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Lacewing Eggs - Family Berothidae or Chrysopidae?

I found several of these egg clusters hanging from the rotting roof of a porch, where termites have been an issue. The eggs appear to be on the end of a single stalk, or perhaps a twisted stalk...There was also an egg that looked like it had been laid horizontally along the stalk. It's hard to tell, but it looks like the eggs have hatched, so rearing them out is not an option. I am seeking help to narrow down the ID.

Habitat: Laid on the rotting roof of a porch in a rural area

Lacewing Eggs - Family Berothidae or Chrysopidae? I found several of these egg clusters hanging from the rotting roof of a porch, where termites have been an issue. The eggs appear to be on the end of a single stalk, or perhaps a twisted stalk...There was also an egg that looked like it had been laid horizontally along the stalk. It's hard to tell, but it looks like the eggs have hatched, so rearing them out is not an option. I am seeking help to narrow down the ID.<br />
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Habitat: Laid on the rotting roof of a porch in a rural area<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85299/lacewing_eggs_-_family_berothidae_or_chrysopidae.html Fall,Geotagged,United States

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  1. Hi Christine,

    In Europe this would be an egg cluster (twisted stems indeed) of some Nineta sp. - the others deposit their eggs in quite different ways. In the US, according to Bugguide there would be only one sp. of Nineta, but you also have a lot of genera that we don't have and I don't know the eggs of these, so maybe there is some genus close to Nineta with the same balloons with twisted ropes config ?!
    P.S. We don't have Berothidae where I live, so I've done some searching/reading just now. Seems that some Lomamyia spp. also have egg clusters like this, so with the eggs being so close to a termite infestation, that option makes much more sense than a rare Chrysopidae ...
    Posted 8 months ago, modified 8 months ago
    1. Thanks so much for the input. I'm pretty torn about the ID still. Berothidae are rare around here, and I have never seen one of their egg clusters. I read that you can tell them apart because Berothid eggs are laid on a single strand (yet, I'm not sure if my photos show a single strand or twisted strands). Also, Berothid eggs show a dark stripe (developing larva), but my eggs have already hatched. They were laid near termite infestations, though. But, I also read that lacewings, in general, will lay their eggs anywhere. So, agghhhh! Lol. It could be Leucochrysa insularis, if a Chrysopid. If a Berothid, then perhaps Lomamyia sp.

      I got most of my info from the discussions here:
      https://bugguide.net/node/view/357112
      https://bugguide.net/node/view/205944
      Posted 8 months ago
      1. Super cool!
        Also, your other photo seems to show multiple twisted strands? Really tough!
        Posted 8 months ago, modified 8 months ago
        1. Thanks! I agree, but I'm not sure if that comes from multiple strands twisting after being laid too close together or if it really is just one strand. (See comments in BG links above for details regarding this confusion). I am leaning towards Chrysopidae, I think. I should probably, maybe post these on BG? Posted 8 months ago

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Uploaded Oct 5, 2019. Captured Sep 29, 2019 12:55 in 31 Ferncrest Ave, Coventry, RI 02816, USA.
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