wheelthrown, manipulated, multiple glazed and multiple fired stoneware cups/cells
2021-1 imago in utero
wheelthrown, manipulated/destroyed, multiple glazed and multiple fired stoneware cups/cells
we are carried in several flight jumps or in free flight one by one into the cells made of dried mud. Inside the cell, the paralysis toxin reduces our circulation and thus our oxygen consumption, which preserves our bodies for a while. We continue to breathe. Due to the anaesthesia, we are immobilised apart from occasional vibrations of the legs. Once there are several of us in the cell, an egg is laid into before it is sealed with mud. The egg is attached to one of us with a colourless secretion. Using the mouthparts on its head capsule, the larva begins to burrow into our bodies and starts to suck them up, reaching more and more of our body substance by digging and absorbing. The larva usually eats all of us before pupating. The pupa consists of a slightly fragile retina, is initially white and has colourless extremities. Later, it becomes increasingly reddish brown, which is closer to the colouration of the imagines. After successful pupation, the imago bites open the cell and leaves. Those of us that are not eaten dry out and die.