Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ugluk, Gorbag and Shagrat

Sorry it's been so long; a lot has happened in the past month. The second generation of mantises grew up; some passed on into the otherworld, I let others go, some survived.

Grishnak, the valiant warrior of the first generation, fell prey to something, a microbe perhaps.

But Ugluk, Gorbag and Shagrat are coming along, and I'm working on finding a way to make video - difficult they being so small. But evidently a macro lens is the way to go.

And it turns out the 2nd generation is about at the stage the first generation was at in the last blog entry.

Here is Ugluk, just after having shed his exoskeleton (you can click on the picture to see a larger version).

They come out lighter in color. Some of the mantises actually kicked the bucket when shedding their first exoskeleton -- I remember a few weeks ago being in the ridiculous position of thinking I could somehow try to help one of the mantises -- with no magnifying glass I was attempting, as gently as possible, to help free it.

At any rate, the hardy orc mantises have made it to a larger stage.

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