Insect Eggs

eggs of Pararguda australasiaeeggs of the crexa moth

The photos above show the eggs of two species of moth belonging to Family Lasiocampidae. Photo 1 shows the eggs of Pararguda australasiae, commonly known as the Wattle Snout Moth. The eggs are pale blue when laid and as they dry they become white. Photo 2 shows the eggs of Genduara punctigera (Walker, 1855), commonly known as the Crexa Moth. The eggs are brown and bear distinctive spotted markings.

The eggs of Lepidopterans (moths and butterflies) are usually rounded and have various patterns and textures on their surface which are often microscopic. Egg size, the number of eggs laid and the manner of oviposition all vary between species. For example, some species lay their eggs on plants while others drop them during flight. Eggs may also be laid in geometric patterns or they may be laid randomly.

Photos courtesy of the Australian Museum.