Does anyone know what this is? I found it on my plum tree. It has a unique web/egg laying strategy. There are little weblike things hanging down from the branch with a white balloon-type structure on each end. Thanks!
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OK. So, I did a little more research and answered my own question. They are green lacewing eggs. Unfortunately, I removed them from the tree, but I think they might have hatched. I have a tendency to grow "bugs", not plants and to kill anything beneficial. I unknowingly destroyed a bunch of ladybug eggs a few years ago. Learned my lesson! Leave the neon green eggs alone! Anyway, thanks!
I thought ladybug eggs were yellow .... ?
Hopefully, you're research led you to some illustrations of what the lacewing larvae look like so that you don't kill them.
Lacewing larvae look like little alligators, or in the case of the "Trash Bug" (Brown Lacewing larvae) a little cigarette ash that walks.
Jellytoast - you're probably right. It's been a few years since I annihilated them. All I know is I don't squish eggs anymore. I just remove funny looking green lacewing egg sacs. :~ Now I know that one, too.
Leafhead - I have never seen a brown lacewing larvae. Those are funny looking!