Dicromantispa interrupta

Dicromantispa interrupta

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Flag at half-mast

Sadly, the young red-shouldered hawk didn't make it through the night. It doesn't look like a vertebrate predator did the grim reaping, as the body is whole although infested with fire ants (Solenopsis wagneri = S. invicta). Perhaps the ants did the dirty work. I thought it odd yesterday that the adults weren't strafing me when photographing the young 'un, so perhaps the parents were not caring for it and it starved to death.

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