DAY NINE: Friday, 9-26-08

Graphic images. Right. Got it. Here we go.
Whole pig Whole pig: Wow. What a difference a day makes, huh?
Whole pig: Wow. What a difference a day makes, huh?Courtesy Roger Barrett
Closer, pan right... Pig's front half: The pig has really dried out quite a bit. Most of the maggots up in this area are busy going in and out of that hole in the center of the photo.
Pig's front half: The pig has really dried out quite a bit. Most of the maggots up in this area are busy going in and out of that hole in the center of the photo.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Closer, pan left... Pig's back half: The flies/maggots are turning their attention to this half of the pig now.
Pig's back half: The flies/maggots are turning their attention to this half of the pig now.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Head shot Head shot: You know, I'm not sure we can call this a "head shot" when the pig has no head...
Head shot: You know, I'm not sure we can call this a "head shot" when the pig has no head...Courtesy Roger Barrett
Belly, close-up Got you under my skin?: Now it's hard not to notice all the maggots moving around under the tissue-thin surface skin. These guys are in the area of the pig's belly button.
Got you under my skin?: Now it's hard not to notice all the maggots moving around under the tissue-thin surface skin. These guys are in the area of the pig's belly button.Courtesy Roger Barrett
A little "pop" Belly button explosion: While we were out there taking photos, the hernia "popped." Thank goodness it wasn't the whole belly!
Belly button explosion: While we were out there taking photos, the hernia "popped." Thank goodness it wasn't the whole belly!Courtesy Roger Barrett
An even closer look Hernia: 'Nuff said.
Hernia: 'Nuff said.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Fly clusters Flies: Flies have been hanging out in these two little clusters all day. I'm not sure what they're up to. Is there a juicy spot there? Are they laying eggs? Or are they eating the pig directly?
Flies: Flies have been hanging out in these two little clusters all day. I'm not sure what they're up to. Is there a juicy spot there? Are they laying eggs? Or are they eating the pig directly?Courtesy Roger Barrett
Close up of those flies All the same: Yesterday we were seeing several different kinds of flies. Today, though, we mostly saw these guys. And they're staying put. They don't buzz around. We also saw a wasp swoop in there and grab one of these and fly away with it.
All the same: Yesterday we were seeing several different kinds of flies. Today, though, we mostly saw these guys. And they're staying put. They don't buzz around. We also saw a wasp swoop in there and grab one of these and fly away with it.Courtesy Roger Barrett
The only obviously juicy area today Maggot soup
Maggot soupCourtesy Roger Barrett
I'm amazed. Feats of strength?: I think it's totally amazing that the writhing mass of maggots has moved these jaw bones so far from the pig's body. Oh, and see those lone, traveling maggots? Those are the guys who make the trails that look like "spin art."
Feats of strength?: I think it's totally amazing that the writhing mass of maggots has moved these jaw bones so far from the pig's body. Oh, and see those lone, traveling maggots? Those are the guys who make the trails that look like "spin art."Courtesy Roger Barrett
Jawbones Jawbones: Look how clean they are!
Jawbones: Look how clean they are!Courtesy Roger Barrett

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is so amazing how cleanly insects can clean a piece of bone. Absolutely stunning!

posted on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 11:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

u guys are brave i could never even walk in to that room with a dead pid

posted on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 4:07pm
Tasha T.'s picture
Tasha T. says:

I know this is very late, but what happened to the head of the pigs bone structure (I guess its "skull"?)? That cant be *it*-- not just the jaw? There must have been other bones....

posted on Thu, 08/06/2009 - 10:29pm
Emmanuel C.'s picture
Emmanuel C. says:

hahaha where the skull of the pig !!!!

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 9:59pm

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