Sunday, August 10, 2014

Egg through a straw

Of a dozen iris eggs I have found this summer, five have hatched, three are heads-up, ready to hatch in the next couple of days, and one has been sucked dry by some predator:

Notice the small hole in one of the transparent panels. That must be where something stuck its proboscis in and drank the contents. Yesterday, this egg looked like this:

Clearly, either the contents is liquid at this stage or the predator injected some digestive fluid to liquify it.



Chris Walpole said...

Fascinating to see the egg with the microscopic hole. Great observations and photos!

Guy said...

Thanks Chris. I was tempted to bring the empty egg home to get better photos under the microscope but in the end I left it there, out of respect. Guy