From: State College (PA) Bird Club <SCBIRDCL...> on behalf of Kurt <000000926143b032-dmarc-request...>
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:24:20 PM
To: <SCBIRDCL...> <SCBIRDCL...>
Subject: Re: Downy Woodpecker on Lanternfly Egg Mass
I think what you are looking at are Mud dauber nests (type of parasitic wasp).
From: Madison Botch <madisonbotch15...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 17, 2020 11:45 am
Subject: Downy Woodpecker on Lanternfly Egg Mass
I apologize in advance if you thought there would be an amazing picture of this event, but my skills at pulling my camera out quickly enough are sub-par at best and I couldnít capture the moment.
However, I am visiting my parentsí in Berks County and noticed a Downy Woodpecker clinging to the side of their brick house pecking away, and upon closer examination I realized it was going at this egg mass. I didnít see any live insect movement, but can someone confirm that this is in fact a lanternfly egg mass? Itís my first time seeing one in person.
I found this so fascinating because I know there was that lanternfly project that PSU was doing with tracking birdsí interactions, and Iím wondering if Iím able to make a submission without a photo of the actual interaction, and how I would go about that? I remember the emails but had deleted them all. Any guidance is greatly appreciated! Iíll try to monitor the area to see if the Downy comes back, but it flew off to a different yard after I noticed these happenings.