DAY NINETEEN: 10-6-08

If you're not into dead pigs, you don't want to look at these. Naturally.

Pig's face from above
Pig's face from aboveCourtesy Roger Barrett
Some of the maggots have progressed to the pupal stage. And some of the pupae are a pretty reddish color. But others are brown or black. I don't know if that's due to individual variation, species variation, or if the black ones maybe died before achieving their pupal state? Maggots on the cage floor
Maggots on the cage floorCourtesy Roger Barrett
I thought these new beetles might be dermestids, but they don't look like any of the photos that popped up during a quick web search. A beetle: Some beetles are beginning to show up at the body. Beetles are able to eat tissue that's too hard and dry for maggots to consume.
A beetle: Some beetles are beginning to show up at the body. Beetles are able to eat tissue that's too hard and dry for maggots to consume.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Another beetle
Another beetleCourtesy Roger Barrett
The face again
The face againCourtesy Roger Barrett
It's hard to see any pelvic bones, but the leg bones are easy to pick out. The ribs are visible under the remaining flap of skin. And there's a section of spine running between those two landmarks. A close up of the pig's hind section: The rear legs are sticking out on the left.
A close up of the pig's hind section: The rear legs are sticking out on the left.Courtesy Roger Barrett
The whole piggy
The whole piggyCourtesy Roger Barrett
The whole piggy again
The whole piggy againCourtesy Roger Barrett

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