Back in mid-January I spotted this insect eggmass on the trunk of a small sweetgum beside the trail behind the house.
Since I walk that trail nearly every day, I have kept a pretty constant eye on this little mystery mass, waiting to see what might emerge. When I was out of town all last week I fretted that the creatures within might hatch out while I was gone.
Luckily for me, they waited until I returned.
I have absolutely no idea what species they are. All I can tell so far is that they are true bugs and they are pretty darn cute. I'll try to post an ID when and if I figure out what they are -- and if any of you can tell me, I would appreciate the help!