I found these dark brown eggs in several groups, on both sides of leaves of Citrus, in May 2012, in Cyprus.
One group was on a stone wall.
They are ~ 0.8mm long. They have a translucent membranous flap at the end.
I know they are not:
- citrus leaf miner (Phyllocnistis citrella) because that moth lays its eggs singly,
- citrus shield bug (Rhynchocoris humeralis) because they are the wrong shape
I suppose I am not 100% sure they are eggs; they could be communal pupae, perhaps.
Any clues appreciated!
Well, there are several groups of invertrbrates that have eggs with 'caps' of some sort, eg.
- assassin bugs - http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=assassin+bug+eggs&tbm=isch
- shield bugs - http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=shield+bug+eggs&tbm=isch (but they are fatter)
But I have still found nothing that matches mine.
Mike - eggs are always a bit tricky, more so when they are empty.
I agree, I would also lean towards on of the lager hemiptera groups with Reduviidae being the best contender from my searching.
These are the closest I have found so far
But apart from being touted as assassin bug eggs, they are not identified either
I may have to see if I can find some more during the coming season, and perhaps see if I can rear them.