Re: NANFA-- need help on preserving fish heads & skeletons
Mon, 21 May 2001 16:06:00 EDT

In a message dated Mon, 21 May 2001 3:29:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, "dakota" <> writes:

<< Not sure if you have the big Red Ants there like I have down here but I think they are called Harvester Ants..... As a boy I would place dead frogs,fish,and anything else I wanted the skeleton from, on one of
their mounds and in a few weeks it would be cleaned to the bone.
Charles Anderton
Round Rock, Texas>>

Thanks for the advice, Charles. Also, thanks Bonnie & Bruce. I had considered the red ants, too, Charles, but thought a rangey ol' coyote would probably come along and drag the carcass away from the ant hill and then help himself to it once said ants departed. I know where there are a couple of carp carcasses, so may try different methods. As for Bruce's suggestion, I know where there's a badger carcass if I can stomach the smell; I may get my larvae from it. If I can't handle that, I'll send for the bug kits as suggested by Bonnie. And actually, the carp have not progressed in their decomposition to the state of putrid fish....yet.

Bruce Scott
Meridian, Idaho

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