Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Holding his own

Today for the first time since I found him, over 3 weeks ago, my little dark boy ate 2 whole flies, albeit small ones, and practically on his own. All I did was spear them on a grass stem and hold them in front of him. He grabbed them, held them, and ate them by himself.

Meanwhile, his sister (and/or potential mate) is ready to make her final shed. She made a half-
hearted attempt at eating a moth last night, but now she won't be able to eat anything until after she sheds.

You can see her wings have developed. They are all puffy and scrunched up beneath the covering of skin. Even so, her adult wings will be short, vestigal. You'll see in a day or so.
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