Hi, found this batch of eggs on a geranium leaf in the garden. They all seem to have hatched, and there is a strange looking creature next to them, right size and location to have hatched from one of them. The eggs themselves are rather beautiful, and I'm curious (and baffled) as to the ID of their 'owner'.
Because the creature is flattish and roundish I wondered about scale insects, but can't find anything defninite, most images relate to fluffy pest species.
Thanks in advance!
It is eggs and a nymph of a shieldbug/stinkbug (Hemiptera, Heteroptera). I am not able to tell which species though.
Possibly the common green shieldbug - compare and contrast 4th photo down on the right hand side of:
Egg casings and the 1st instar nymphs look identical to yours to me...
Yes, that does look exactly right. No idea how similar different shield bug babies may look, but happy to take that ID until further notice!