While George is playing around with his ‘FS1 Psuedocorpse‘ (we demand updates!!), up north and out west we have real corpses. Because our two lane county roads have speed limits faster than the Interstates back east, I am proud to say we have carcasses a-plenty along our roadways! AND as anyone who knows anything about biology knows the smellier it is the more biology it contains – this is the basic truth behind your freshman biology students exclaiming: “Biology STINKS!”
Yes indeed, Virginia, Biology does stink! Today while enjoying the aroma of this mostly thawed carcass, I saw two adult flies, numerous maggots, and 4 beetles. I managed to capture one beetle – a tiny, dark one. Y’know, 15 feet off a busy road poking around in a stinky, mostly thawed deer carcass may not be most people’s idea of a good time, but then most people do not know how to have fun.
OK, we have all seen the photos of so called biologists (or better yet ‘researchers’) in pristine habitats studying nature, anybody with a couple hundred thousand dollars in funding can do that. Heck, there are even those fancy forensic entomologists who actually buy carcasses and put them in scenic work locations. But for my money (or lack thereof), a stinky roadside carcass in an ugly roadside habitat is hours of biologist entertainment and possibly enlightenment.
Mmmm-mmm – can you smell the biology?