Mystery eggs

Asked August 29, 2019, 1:38 PM EDT

Sorry for the poor pic quality, but could you tell me what insect(?) laid these eggs? They are oval shaped, pale green/whitish, ~half the size of a grain of white rice (or smaller), each egg is suspended from a single silk thread and they are on the underside of several Milkweed plants.

Jackson County Oregon insect issues insect identification green lacewing

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Lucky you!
They're eggs of the green lacewing, a beneficial insect whose youngsters demolish aphids and other small critters on plants. And, goodness knows, milkweed often could use a hand fending off aphids. Both the youngsters and adults help limit aphid populations.

See "Beneficial Predator Spotlight: Lacewings" which also discusses the smaller brown lacewings - https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=24151