Did not know if you can tell me what kind of insect this is and if it is bad....

Asked July 8, 2016, 12:09 AM EDT

Did not know if you can tell me what kind of insect this is and if it is bad. It looked like a mini wasp but the eggs are hexagons like a honeycomb. I am often getting small swelled spots on my face and back that look like little stings from working outside.

Montgomery County Ohio

1 Response

This looks like an egg mass for some type of plant bug or an assassin bug. These are sucking insects; the plant bugs only suck plant juices and the assassin bugs suck the juices of other insects. Neither will feed on people and the assassin bugs are considered beneficial insects because they kill other insects including plant pests. In fact, you'll sometimes find an assassin bug feeding on a plant bug!