Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A Dead Millipede Mystery
All these pictures of pretty flowers are getting kind of boring. Nature is not always pretty, as evidenced by last winter's photos of what eagles and coyotes could do to one dead deer. Or these pictures of one dead millipede (Narceus americanus), which appears to have been parasitized by something that laid eggs inside it. At least I think those shiny little pearls spilling out of the millipede's guts are eggs. My grandkids found it broken open like this, and knowing their grandma well, called out: "Ooh, Grandma! Come look at this!" I wonder if some critter was about to eat it and threw it away in disgust. Or did the eggs expand and burst the millipede's seams? As always, if any reader knows what's happening here, I hope a comment will inform us all.
Here's a photo of the same kind of millipede, alive and healthy, taken a few weeks ago.
Okay, here's a little sex to balance the gore. I'm afraid I spoiled these Six-spotted Tiger Beetles' good time when I poked my camera at them. They flew away before I could get them in focus. But you get the idea.