Apr. 16th, 2015

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Wellinghall (browsing idly through a book about heraldry): Apparently male gryphons don't have wings.

I had absolutely no idea gryphons exhibited such extreme sexual dimorphism! The only other species I can think of that does that is the Vapourer Moth - we had one pupate attached to our front door a few years ago.

So people out there who know more biology than me - can we infer more about the life cycle of the gryphon from this startling fact? Presumably the males stay put (more or less) and the females leave their home territories and look for a new patch, thus avoiding inbreeding. Does it also follow that the males are going to be heavily involved with the raising of young? I'm wondering if they stay on the nest, keeping the eggs / cubs safe and warm, while the females can do more in the way of hunting?

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