Monday, November 7, 2011

Life and Death

This drowned grasshopper, fully 10 centimetres or 4 inches long, about as big as my forefinger apparently drowned in the bucket I keep under the worm farm outlet.

I wonder if its colour, not a natural tint, is the result of it being 'cooked' in the worm castings bucket, in the same way that a lobster's shell turns red when it is cooked? I'd be interested to hear any ideas on this.

The dead insect had only been in the pond water for a few minutes when two blue worms came sliding out of the body. They escaped the voracious little frog young by sliding away over the vegetation nearby.

The frog young, tadpoles, love any insect or snail or slug that falls in their pond and will suck it dry.

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