|Eastern Bloodsucking Conenose - REK|
|Chilled after an hour in the refrigerator. Do you have one in yours? - REK|
|Still chilling out - REK|
The female carries her eggs until mating and then eats a blood meal before becoming fertile. She then scatters them around where they will grow through eight instars over two years before maturity, each instar requiring a blood meal before each molt, a total life cycle of three years. And we thought Dracula was thirsty. They can find the blood from any mammal including rats, opossum, raccoons, and other wild critters. Because they do not succumb to the bites, these animals can continue to serve as hosts. We are not their prime target, just another mammal, you know.
|Warming up to take off. - REK|