Gardening

Golden eggs on the garden

We all know the story about the goose that laid golden eggs. Last week in my garden I found golden eggs that were definitely not laid by a goose.

It happened while I was hand weeding. I came across  a blade of grass with tiny, metallic-gold eggs all in a row. They are quite striking when you first see them. The eggs really do look like they’re made of gold but of course they are not. It’s just the way the light reflects off of them that gives the gold appearance.

 

Although these eggs are small, their shiny golden appearance makes them easy to spot.

Although these eggs are small, their shiny golden appearance makes them easy to spot.

I kept the leaf in a jar and watched the eggs. What hatched were evil-looking spiny, red-colored nymphs — probably one of the Euthochtha species of stink bugs. Most likely one of the plant eaters.

Once they've hatched, the tiny nymphs would be almost impossible to spot in the garden.

Once they’ve hatched, the tiny nymphs would be almost impossible to spot in the garden.

These golden eggs are not really rare but it is still fun to come across them and they provide a bit of a diversion from the otherwise tedious job of weeding by hand.

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.