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Eggs on lamp
Eggs on lamp  
Hello thank you and advance for taking the time to look over my question. Last night when I went to turn on my lamp I noticed a cluster of blackish gray  tiny eggs on my lampshade on the outside. I left them alone curious to see what would happen. This morning when I woke up I ran downstairs as if it was Christmas morning to see if there were any changes. I was surprised and shocked to see that they had hatched and were hanging in strings  with a worm like thing attached. The debris on the lamp is where the eggs were.
 They are white to clear except for a black dot which I would assume was the head. I live in a suburb of Dallas Texas in the US.

Dear Bernadette - This appears to be the result of a normally 'outdoors' moth having accidentally gained entry to your home and that needed to lay her eggs somewhere. This is not an infrequent occurrence, and often results in concern/puzzlement on the part of the home's occupants. As there is nothing in the home on which they normally feed, the young caterpillars soon will die of starvation.
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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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