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Happenings in the insect world
by michael callahan
on July 1, 2014 at 11:33 PM
What kind of insect leaves tiny balls (eggs?) all along the stems of a passionflower vine? Hundreds or thousands. The vine seems to be dying in parts and not in others - could be too much heat and not enough water or could be the "eggs"?  
Can't find any idea if this is good or bad insect but sheer number of balls is scary. Like small tapioca. Any ideas ate greatly appreciated.
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on July 2, 2014 at 6:27 AM
Hi, Michael,  
I suspect you're referring to the Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) which lays tiny yellow eggs. I took some photos of a butterfly laying an egg for a previous Bug Squad blog. See Last year the caterpillars nearly skeletonized our plant but we love them! Art Shapiro's website tells more about this butterfly. See
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