Wrapping up and Confession

Wrapping up and Confession

Observation - Wrapping up and Confession - Southern Africa. Description: Series taken after the first feed and capture, in order of occurrence. It did feed on one more frog, a Painted Reedfrog, unobserved. Apparently, personal communication from Gil Wizen, it can eat 4-5 frogs, preferably alive, before pupating. Instructions w

Series taken after the first feed and capture, in order of occurrence. It did feed on one more frog, a Painted Reedfrog, unobserved. Apparently, personal communication from Gil Wizen, it can eat 4-5 frogs, preferably alive, before pupating. Instructions were followed as given by Gil and what I was hoping for an exhuvia turned out to be the remains of the larva. May be we will have better luck next time and finally get a species identification. Having read all of Gil's work, the morality of feeding live frogs to a beetle larva is questioned by many, myself included. Now heading for the hills, camera batteries all charged to avoid the flack that is sure to follow. I guess that the desire to get a species identification is some justification, although dubious, given the failure of this effort. The remains will be donated to a museum, along with the remains of my second larva found.