Pruning? Be careful and keep an eye out. You never know what you'll find on the dead foliage. Five days ago, I was cutting back the globe mallow and spotted something intriguing on a short branch.
I pruned around the branch and took some photos later of what I'd found.
At my desk, I did a little snooping and posted my images to Bugguide.net.
"Katydid eggs?" I proposed.
"I'd say so," Kara T. responded.
Then my images were moved to the angle-wing katydid page (Microcentrum). Look at this cool photo of eggs like mine. Here's another photo.
When foliage wasn't available, this katydid mama laid her eggs in a VERY unusual place!