Green eggs, no ham

Today’s garden surprise presented itself as a small cluster of green eggs:

Green eggs, no ham

We have no idea what these are, and whether we should dispatch with them immediately or leave them to hatch. Good bug? Bad bug? Alien candy?

All ideas and thoughts are welcome. If leaving them there will prompt the end of all things growing, we’re happy to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Update: Mystery solved!


11 Responses to “Green eggs, no ham”

  1. 1 steven May 21, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    I’m guessing some sort of moth egg

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener May 21, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    We checked out What’s That Bug, and the moth eggs posted there were the closest to this that we saw — we’re both inclined to think moth eggs as well.

    Will moths destroy everything? If they’re moth eggs, should we get rid of them?


  3. 3 steven May 21, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    I never advocate killing anything, but moth eggs=caterpillars and insects usually lay their eggs near a food source. I think you may want to “remove” them.

  4. 4 inadvertentgardener May 21, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    That was definitely Steve’s position on the issue, too. I told him we ought to give it 24 hours to see if we could figure out if it was some kind of friendly and helpful butterfly…but I think we’re going to have to just relocate them to a less convenient food source. Or something like that. I appreciate the help!


  5. 5 Rahma May 22, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Dear Inadvertent:
    Is it possible to clip/prune the plant part that it’s on? Looks like it’s on bark maybe, so I don’t know if this is practical, but it might be nice to see what hatches out in a controlled environment.
    Like a box with some breathable screening over the top so they don’t escape. If they are butterfly caterpillars they will eat some of your plants, but since butterflies are an endanged species it would be nice to encourage them.
    I’m always fascinated by getting close enough to Nature to need the magnifying glass!

  6. 6 inadvertentgardener May 22, 2006 at 12:41 pm


    That’s a good idea, actually, and we’re going to see what we can do. The eggs are on one of the stakes in the garden, rather than a plant (which I also found odd), so another idea we had was to just move the stake somewhere else on the property. I don’t know if that would work, but we could try it.

    Thanks for visiting and for your ideas!


  7. 7 moises June 22, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    hello i have something to tell about those eggs well you see that those are moth eggs my son caust 2 moths im guesing both were from the oposite sex and they mated 3 days later those eggs apered in the tank i was thinking it was dropings so i tested 1 poping it liquid came out i looked online those are moth eggs if u are thinking of raising them it is best when laid to eather free the male or put him to sleep the male moth may and will eat the eggs seperate the fe-male from the eggs but do not set her free.

  8. 8 inadvertentgardener June 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Moises, thanks for the info — we weren’t trying to raise them…that’s for sure!

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