This year, I'm seeing a lot of eggs that lose their transluscent quality, turn tan/brown, and never hatch. The leaf that they're on dry up.... I realize now I've been bringing inside some of these already dead eggs as well as seeing some healthy (looking) eggs that I've brought inside turn this way.
Has this been discussed? Does anyone know what's causing it? Please point me to the right thread, I've tried searching but haven't been successful except finding some people mentioning the same.
Also, I've had a second death in my 3rd instar container. First one I found last week had turned mushy and literally broke in half as I examined it -- brown liquid spilling out. Yesterday, I found one browned but intact in the bottom of the box. Luckily, there were only 3 in the container at the time, so I took the other two out and isolated them, and gave the container a thorough cleaning. But anyone know why? I've lost them as 1st instars (the count didn't match when counting 2nd instars) but usually, barring accidental deaths, loss after that occurs at 5th instar/chrysalis stage due to Tachnid fly.
Worried about my babies ...