Monday, July 17, 2017
Spiny Assassin Bug Eggs and Babies
The eggs were small, but quite a bit larger than the Monarch butterfly eggs I had been looking for, and placed in these very nice rows, for a total of 15 eggs.
I don't know how old they were when I found them, but 5 days after finding them they hatched and I was very surprised to see what the hatchlings looked like. Not at all what I was expecting.
Their antenna were longer than their bodies and legs, and were waving all around as they started to move away from the eggs as a group.
Spiny Assassin Bugs are true bugs, and in the insect order called Hemiptera. All true bugs have a tube-like sucking mouth, and they either suck plant juices, or prey on other insects and suck the juices from their prey.
Spiny Assassin Bugs are predators and capture other insects to eat.
As they eat they grow, and need to shed their skins to grow. With each shed they look different, so see below.
I will try to post pictures of their next instars, but will need to recapture one as they have been released back into the native wildflower garden to contribute their part to the very active ecosystem there.