Grubbin and Charjabug are the early life stages of the seventh-gen beetle Vikavolt. While Vikavolt is a powerful electric cannon (which we’ll examine tomorrow), Grubbin has no electric power at all: not even an electric typing. How does this baby-bug grow into its electric powers? That’s what we’re here to examine today.
Grubbin is quite obviously a grub, the larvae stage of many beetles. Specifically, Vikavolt appears to be a stag beetle, with it’s large mandibles. Beetles, like butterflies, go through their lives in different stages: They hatch out of the egg as a larva, and then become pupa (the cocoon equivalent), before magnificently transforming, metamorphosing, or evolving into a full beetle.
Like caterpillars, beetle larva (grubs) eat a lot so they can grow quickly. Instead of leaves, stag grubs feed on rotting wood. Just like the pokédex says, their claw-like jaw mandibles let them scrape wood so they can eat it. They usually live underground, because the richest rotting wood is buried in the soil.
Charjabug, on the other hand, does not really resemble a grub or a beetle at all. Charjabug seems to be based on a caterpillar, the japanese Monema flavcesens, also known as the Denkimushi, which translates to “electric insect”.
These caterpillars are infamous for giving “electric shocks” when they are touched. In reality, there’s no electricity involved: they simply have a poisonous toxin, chemicals that happen to feel like an electric shock. They generate these chemicals from the food they eat, so it certainly seems a good fit for Charjabug…except considering Vikavolt, Charjabug must use actual electricity.
There is one bug that uses an electricity. It’s not a caterpillar, or a beetle. It is a wasp. The Oriental Hornet has mini solar panels embedded into its abdomen. Its yellow stripes collects energy from the sun and turns it into electricity, which the hornet stores like a battery.
Like Grubbin and Vikavolt, these bugs don’t develop this electric power until they reach their adult life stage. Speficially, the pigments in its exoskeleton are structured and layered to capture light, breaking sunlight apart into smaller rays which can be used to create electricity by knocking off electrons (see Heliolisk). These electric pigments has only ever been document in these hornets, but has been theorized in other bugs, from butterflies to beetles. This is probably the method Charjabug uses! Little cellular batteries, like an eel’s electrogenic cells (see Tyanmo) could be used to store the energy that Charjabug generates.
Grubbin is the larval stage of Vikavolt. It eats a lot so it can grow quickly. When pupating, Charjabug gains the ability to create electrical energy using a special pigment in its new exoskeleton.
Behind the Scenes of The Unicorn and the Wasp (Part Four)
Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s article in DWM 396:
DWM: Flashback time: what’s your favorite Doctor Who memory?
David Tennant: Hmmm, gonna say… the trailers for Terror of the Zygons. Because I was just old enough, for the first time, to kind of know what that meant. I could only have been five or something, but I knew that the trailers meant this show that I was becoming very passionate about, was coming back on TV. I couldn’t tell you what was in the actual trailers, but I think there were a few point-of-view slots thought the eyes of the deer’s head on the wall.
DWM: Flashback time: what’s your favorite Doctor Who memory?
Sandy McDonald (David’s Dad): I suppose The Christmas Invasion. As David has said many times in Doctor Who Magazine, he’s been a Doctor Who fan from the moment he was old enough to watch and take part: even before he went to primary school. As he grew up, of course he wanted to be an actor and he fulfilled that. But the Doctor Who thing was always there: he’s had all the books and the early tapes, and still has a massive collection of that. So when Christopher Eccleston chose to move on and David got the opportunity, it seemed like a dream come true. When the Christmas episode came on, we were all together as a family and there he was, as Doctor Who. That was a very special time, which David even filmed for his video-diary on Series Two.
The presentation started out with concept art from Ant-Man and The Wasp and then proceeded to show Wasp in action, flying up to a ledge and looking down, as well as an approximately two-foot tall Ant-Man riding on a little girl’s backpack (presumably his daughter’s). Then, attendees saw more artwork, this time showing Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in a white suit. The footage concluded with a car chase showing a van shrinking and driving underneath another car, and then growing back to its original size and flipping said car, with Giant-Man peeking out of an alleyway at the end.
Thor is sitting a chair, although his hands are trapped. He’s moving along a psychedelic rail that details him through a history of Sakar and the Grandmaster. Thor is then sold by fellow Asgardian Valkerie, and is thrown in a dungeon area where he’s got a bunch of dead contenders for company. The footage also showed off Waititi’s role in the film, Korg – a giant being made out of rock who failed to start a rebellion against the Grandmaster. We’ve seen one of his kind before, at the start of Thor: The Dark World. Thor is adamant that he’s going to beat the Grandmaster’s champion. The footage cut ahead to him stepping into the arena, getting ready for his fight until Hulk emerges. The tone shifts slightly as Thor begins catching Hulk up on what has been happening since he left Earth: “Everyone has been worried about you, I don’t hang with the Avengers anymore: It all got too corporate.”
The main scene opens on Panther and the Dora Milaje entering a casino where they’re attempting to catch Klaue. He has a deal with Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross, who has brought diamonds in exchange for vibranium. T’Challa’s sister gets impatient and starts a fight. The scene with Panther facing down Klaue, who’s new arm turns into a gun and blasts a table the hero tries to block the shot with. Then it was followed up by a sizzle reel/trailer that took in the full scope of the movie. We saw T’Challa becoming the king and talking about the kind of ruler he wants to be. Cut to Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger confronting him about “doing nothing”, then cut to Panther and the Dora Milaje chasing Klaue through a city. T’Challa hits his chest while wearing a business suit and the suit nano-tech covers him in the Panther costume. He attacks Klaue’s car, runs up a wall and midair throws a staff at the ground that the car smashes into. Then we see Killmonger sparring with Panther out of costume with a cut to Jordan’s suit appearing around him like Panthers.
Bees are hard working creatures that work in large groups
with other Bees. They are explorers, searching far and wide for pollen to
supply their hives, themselves, & us! Bees are also tactical creatures, we can see
this through the amazing geometric patterns of their hives & the fact that
they know which plats & flowers will provide pollen. Bees are selfless, providing
us with over a third of the worlds food products through this pollinating process,
but generally don’t receive the credit they so completely deserve.
The Bee symbolizes community, personal power, co-excistance,
fertility, peace, & harmony. The
Ancient Druids recognized the Bee as symbolizing the Sun, the Goddess, celebration,
& community. Honeyed Mead was often drunk at celebrations & festivals. Amoung these things, an increase of a Bees
presence in your life can symbolize productivivty, either too little or too
much. Bees have a hard work ethic but also remind us to stop and take in the
sweet nectar of life now & again, Bees encourage us to do both, & find
the balance within the two. Being stung by a Bee can represent a wake-up call
to something you have been avoiding or putting off for awhile.
Honey Bee, Bumble Bee or Wasp?
This post is in reference to Honey Bees, although Bumble bees share the same symbolism. Honey Bees have a smaller narrow body & are lighter in
colour. Bumble Bees have a fatter body with darker black stripes & a darker
orangey-yellow colour, & bigger wings. Wasps & Hornets look quite
different from both Honey Bees & Bumble Bees with a very narrow body,
narrow down-set wings, & dark colours
Is the Bee your power Animal?
Those with the Bee as their power animal are generally
focussed, hard working folk, who enjoy working with others. They are busy bodies
who enjoy travelling & actively seek out new destinations, & hobbies. Such
people are also known as the ‘emotional adhesive’ for their group of friends
and/or family, being a person you can rely on.
The reason the Red Room is so successful at assassination is because people tend to underestimate girls. People also overestimate their own durability. But a small thing can make a big impact. And the tougher a person is, the more they tend to overlook their own vulnerabilities.
A number of martial arts are designed specifically with exhibition or sport in mind. They favor those with more strength or longer limbs. Krav Maga is not one of those. Hence, it is the perfect martial art to teach a young girl who’s training to be an assassin. Krav Maga teaches you to strike weak points. These are the same in any human being.
The throat, for instance, is unprotected by bone and muscle and supplies your opponent with air.
The nose has a bone in it, but it is relatively unprotected by muscle and easy to break.
Once you break an opponent’s nose, their eyes will tear up reflexively, making it harder for them to see clearly.
My favorite is the nape of the neck, where the brain connects to the spinal column. It’s relatively unprotected. If you hit hard enough, you can paralyze a person.
Or just knock them unconscious.
Bats are great mid-range weapons. If you can hit somebody’s head with the middle of the bat, you can do a lot of damage. However– if your opponent steps in, your bat becomes completely useless. And now that your opponent has your arms tied up, it’s only a matter of time.
The temple. Another weak spot. A blow to the temple can alter your opponent’s balance, causing them to faint or fall. It can also break their cheek bone.
The eyes are the most effective weak point. Most fighters depend almost entirely on vision to fight. You rake an opponent’s eyes, the fight could be over then and there.
The most important thing to remember about Krav Maga is that it’s about survival. It’s designed to help a woman take down a man twice her size. As long as your opponent is still standing and able to fight, you never stop attacking. Of course, there are exceptions when you can rapidly change size and leave your opponent disoriented.
And the most important thing to remember–
is that a larger opponent is only larger than you–
while they can still stand.
The knee is one of the weakest points on the human body and it holds up everything else. And once they’re down to your size– you make sure they don’t get back up.
Nadia’s neat assassination facts, The Unstoppable Wasp #4
Behind the Scenes of The Unicorn and the Wasp (Part Two)
Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s article in DWM 396:
As we lurk, watching the Doctor interview his suspects - David corpsing at one point when Felicity Kendal improvises a belch on top of the planned hiccup - we decide to launch our own covert investigation. You see, these people harbour secrets…
DWM: How’s Catherine getting along?
David Tennant: After her first day, I was a bit worried that we hadn’t made enough of a fuss of her! Because she slotted in so utterly seamlessly. I just though, “I really hope Catherine’s aware of how thrilled we are to have her back on set, and how much fun it is!” She’s so great to play off and act with. It’s such a new dynamic for the Doctor, too.
DWM: With a script this ticklesome, has there been much corpsing?
David Tennant: Funnily enough, it’s often the way that rehearsing tragedy is hilarious, whereas rehearsing comedy is really hard work!
DWM: You were having trouble keeping it together earlier, while interviewing Lady Eddison…
David Tennant: Felicity Kendal! Belching to cue! Given everything she brings to a role and everything we expect of her, it was so funny, every single time.
DWM: Is there any particular scene you’re looking forward to shooting?
David Tennant: The big Miss Marple-style-de-brief, where they all sit around to be exposed for the charlatans that they are. Or, indeed, the amorphic creature that they are. So that’ll be fun, although it’ll be difficult to shoot - it must be one of the longest scenes we’ve ever had!
Hhh so this is my first post!! This is Bee, my persona/OC, with Wasp creepin’ in the background. They are genderless, and don’t mind any pronouns, but I will use they/them pronouns to keep it neutral (when I talk about them separately from myself, since they have their own story).
So yeah?? This is my first ever post here even though I’ve had other accounts lmao be gentle