insects in general

anonymous asked:

Helloooo. 1. Do you run the ScientificPokedex blog? and 2. Do you think there could be an actual scientific explanation for Zoroark's illusion ability?

 Hellooo! Number 1, No I do not run the @scientificpokedex blog but they do an amazing job, big props to them!

Number 2. Hmm that’s tricky, so we want a real life example of an animal convincing another animal that it is something it’s not, so not clever camouflage and accurate visual mimicry, as with a stick insect for example, but rather where one animal has been tricked, it is under the illusion that another animal is something it is blatantly not. Well then, we need to talk about

  p h e r o m o n e s 

alrighty, so pheromones are defined as a chemical secreted by an organism that triggers a social/behavioural response in another organism, usually of the same species. They are used everywhere in nature, from tiny single celled prokaryotes up to big lumbering mammals such as ourselves. Uses of pheromones include territory marking, avoidance of inbreeding with close relatives, alarm signals, and advertising sexual availability and fertility. Specialised pheromones called ‘necromones’, released by the decomposing bodies of certain animals, repel living animals of the same species so that they don’t go near the bodies and potentially catch the disease that killed the dead dude. 

Those are just a few of the uses nifty chemicals, but as usual insects one up other animal groups in the diversity of ways in which they use them. The highly sophisticated and complex societies of eusocial hymenoptera (bees, ants, and wasps) are only possible through the use of pheromones, for example from coordinating colony activities e.g. defending the colony from predators, to exchanging information,  allocating tasks to different castes, social policing, regulating reproduction, and the use of trail pheromones, e.g. when ants lay a path of pheromones towards a food source, and then lay over a repellant pheromone over that trail, cancelling the message once the food source is gone. 

Because these social insects are so reliant on pheromones, they are ripe for abuse from other animals who can exploit their chemical society, and this is how I am going to lead it back to Zoroark. 

Meet Phengaris alcon, or the Alcon Large Blue butterfly

 Yes a very pretty looking butterfly, but don’t let appearances fool you. It’s caterpillars hatch on leaves like regular caterpillars, and stay there for a few weeks, munching away and growing, but after a certain point, they just drop off the leaves and onto the ground. There they release a pheromone which smells exactly like the pheromone released by the larvae of certain ant species. When these ants come across the caterpillars, they are fooled into thinking that these caterpillars are indeed their own larvae, despite being a different colour and much bigger than the ant larvae, i.e. they look completely different. 

The ants bring the caterpillars back to their nest, where they clean, feed, look after and protect the caterpillars, sometimes even at the expense of their own larvae when food is short. The caterpillars feed and grow in a safe environment, eventually metamorphosing into a chrysalis, then into an adult butterfly, where they then crawl out of the nest scot-free and begin life in the skies, having had a great start in life all down to some smelly trickery and illusion. 

(see below, Phenagris chrysalises next to ant larvae, with the ants none the wiser!)

Other Phenagris species will mimic the Queen ant rather than the larvae, and thus get a more royal treatment (though the true queen is never convinced so this is a more risky strategy), or some instead of just getting fed by the ants like a cuckoo will ravage and eat all the ant larvae when it gets in the nest, without retribution by the ants. 

(this video is fantastic and shows the whole lifecycle, plus a bonus pheromone related plot twist near the end!)

Basically using pheromones in this manner is a way of mimicking something you’re not despite looking nothing like your subject. The ants are under the complete illusion that these huge caterpillars are their own tiny young, despite input from other senses. So… what I am saying is that perhaps Zorua and Zoruark are very proficient chemical mimics and can emit strong pheromones that convince you that you are seeing a different pokémon than what’s standing in front of you. Maybe that, mixed with a hallucinogenic compound, neurotoxin, or other mind altering druggy substance (heck even laughing gas lol) to make you more suggestive. I dunno, it’s a huge stretch, but it’s an excuse to talk about Phenagris lol

Originally posted by axew


The biggest butterfly - Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing

…idk man butterflies are majestic but i still have a fear of them flying towards me lmao (or flying insects in general)

starrylamb  asked:

im hugely inspired by the way you draw anthro bugs, and i was wondering how you go about simplifying mouthparts? I'm trying to simplify a domino roach's mouthparts becauase that's my favorite species of cockroach, but cockroach mouths are really hard to simplify. Any advice?

Oh gosh, thank you! I do pride myself in my bug mouths, actually. It’s not only hard to find good reference for arthropod mouths, but basically all cartoon bugs in media have humanoid mouths, so i had to figure out how to draw and simplify them from scratch.

Anyways, I couldn’t find any specific references for a domino roach, so here’s my best shot using german cockroach mouthparts:

Roaches have pretty typical mouths for chewing insects, but for general reference, here are some other typical arthropod mouths simplified:

That’s all i have the energy for right now. Hope this helps!

for people who really hate mosquitoes and summer insects in general getchu some tea tree oil, dilute it in water and spray it around windows and areas insects usually go in through and or have set up base at. tea tree oil kills and wards off incoming insects from a nice distance and it’s non-toxic (don’t go drinking it doe), all natural and cheap as hell to buy. you can use it without worrying about your pets (avoid spraying directly as they can lick themselves and this oil is not to be used internally), plants (it can burn em if you spray em directly though, just spray areas close to it), kids, and don’t have to worry about dangerous chemicals being inhaled. if used topically, it can even treat many different insect bites as well.

Perfect Assassin: Widowmaker Headcanons
  • Whenever she speaks French around anyone who doesn’t, it’s either a genuine compliment or an insult and you can count on it being the latter a majority of the time
  • She suffers from night terrors almost every signal night after killing her husband, shaking and with tears streaming from her eyes. If it’s not about that night, it’s about the first time Talon kidnapped and brainwashed her
  • Even in Talon, she trusts absolutely no one
  • As a child, she was terrified of insects in general, but spiders above all else
  • Her love of ballet and the skill she shows in dancing started at a young age as just a little girl in a tutu who showed off her dances to anyone and everyone. Swan Lake was one of the first performances she did.
  • If anyone so much as brings up her husband, she gets very defensive or silent and isn’t above violent actions
  • As one of the only people who has been able to land a shot at her, she has a slight respect for Ana alongside absolute contempt for the same reason
  • Her skin isn’t cold, it’s frigid. Like, it’s a shock to physically touch her and feel how cold she is
  • She sings actually really well, with a low, soft voice
  • She genuinely thinks Hanzo should join Talon
  • She has some insanely good fashion sense and is a naturally stylish person with a pretty judgmental outlook on anyone who doesn’t care
  • Reaper honestly has the most respect out of anyone in her eyes as someone who’s serious, does his job, has the same good taste in things as her, everything
  •  If she doesn’t have a job, she’s either alone somewhere doing something simple or sleeping
  • She’s always been an elegant, sophisticated woman who could catch the eyes of almost anyone. The difference is, she was a genuinely sweet and quiet woman as Amélie and is now much tougher and confident.
  • In Talon, there is no one she distrusts more than Sombra
  • Her ballet skills sort of lent themselves to gymnastics and ice skating (especially the latter, which she used to enjoy doing in the winter)
  • Do not question her aim. That’s a death wish.
  • Considering her new position in Talon, she’s an excellent actor and no one can tell her lies from the truth. Anyone could think she’s gone back to normal and unfortunately pay the price for such a mistake
  • She does not accept defeat, never has and never will. She has to win and someone else has to lose
  • Lover of high quality wines and champagnes, but prefers coffee out of any kind of drink
  • At least half of the Talon members who think they’re controlling Widow are incorrect. She’s a master manipulator and pulls the strings behind a few people, not unlike Sombra
  • Even before becoming Widowmaker, she was a pretty good shot with a rifle, though she didn’t hone that skill as much as her more prevalent passion for ballet

Matt, Edd, and Tord are all fairly fearful of stinging bugs. As for Matt and Edd, they’re afraid of just the insect in general, and the possibility of getting stung. With Tord, it’s not so much the stinger or the bug itself (although it does creep him out a bit), but he’s more fearful of the noise, the buzzing sound. It just freaks him out and he can’t stand it.

I put a bunch of the dried insects I have through my food processor tonight to make a dried insect powder mix - shield bugs, termites, silkworm pupae, mole crickets, and june bugs. I’ve been meaning to do it for at least a few weeks because I’ve been horrible at getting insects into the hedgie girls’ diets lately and I keep yelling at myself about it. 

They’re not a huge fan of the dried insects in general (fair). So I’m going to try slowly incorporating this into their food. I’m not horribly worried about the insects being dried because they get wet food for their main diet, so it’s more moisture than with a kibble diet. I may also add in a bit more water to the mix as I start increasing the powder, we’ll see. Hopefully they don’t object too strenuously to the powder! I figured this was an easier (and cheaper) thing to try first, before buying cricket flour. 

anonymous asked:

Can I have some headcanons for US Papyrus with a S/O that keeps bees as a hobby?

(Aww, friendly, floofy, buzzing friends)

He is a bit afraid of insects in generall, but he gets used to them pretty fast. He’s a skeleton after all, he still has to meet a bee that will pierce trough bone. So nothing scary about them. Sans on the other head is terrified of bees.

He will be a complete dork, wearing striped hoodies, sometimes even gluing litle antennas to his skull. 

All the bee puns.

Will smear honey around his mouth and let the bees form a bee-beard on his face. Sans runs away screaming.

Whiletalking about honey, he will steal some of the honey you get from your bees. Doesn’t matter if you would have givin it to him or not, he steals it. Sneaky bastard.

anonymous asked:

Does Jared have any funny fears? Or just fears in general?

- not really funny fears
- but spiders
- insects in general freak him out
- so much shrieking
- you either have to be primary bug-putter-outer
- or you both have to move every time you see a daddy long legs
- he hates them
- one time in kindergarten a kid brought in his pet tarantula in and it got lost.
- it was in 5 year old Jared’s shoe
- he still has a brief panic when he things about it

- also he can’t swim
- scared to death of water
- god bless him though he wants to get over it
- in reality he wants to see you in swimwear, which is why he’s trying so hard
- but he wore a rubber ring, goggles and floaties… Oh and about 1000 pool noodles
- he panics everytime he’s in the water
- “I’m drowning!” “Jared, its ok, I’m here… just… Stand up.”
- he’s so cute, it’s so hard not to laugh
- god you care about this loser

maraverse  asked:

For the YOI couple ask: LeoJi and OtaYuri pls

(And for @namelessforests who asked Otabek and Yuri as well…)

OTAYURI (aww my faves! <3)

  • Who said “I love you” first

Yuri. I feel like Otabek waited sooo long to become friend with Yuri that he
would be content even if they would stay friends forever. But Yuri will get to the point where he can’t hide his feelings anymore, and we know he’s not a patient guy so..

  • Who would have the other’s picture as their phone background

Both of them, even before they became “a thing”. I guess they would have a picture of the two of them together as friends :)

  • Who leaves notes written in fog on the bathroom mirror

Otabek. And when Yuri finds them he can’t help but smile at how sap his boyfriend is :3

  • Who buys the other cheesy gifts

Yuri. Like super tacky Russian fashion things that Otabek would never wear XD

  • Who initiated the first kiss

Yuri. for the same reason of the first reply :P

  • Who kisses the other awake in the morning

Otabek. Yuri is not a morning person and he hates everyone in the morning. Everyone except Otabek.

  • Who starts tickle fights

Yuri. And when he hears the wonderful sound of Otabek laugh and sees his wide smile, he can’t help himself and attack his bf sides on every given occasion.

  • Who asks who if they can join the other in the shower

Otabek. Because Yuri wouldn’t care to ask before joining in :P

  • Who surprises the other in the middle of the day at work with lunch

Uhm. Since they live in different countries it’s a bit tough, and when they will live together I guess they will train together so this leaves little space for lunch surprises :P

  • Who was nervous and shy on the first date

If it happened in St Petersburg: Yuri. So many assholes around who can spot (and ruin) their date!

  • Who kills/takes out the spiders

Yuri. It would be fun to discover that Otabek is afraid of spiders and all insects in general. Imagine the look on Yuri’s face when he would find out. “Really?” “Really.”

  • Who loudly proclaims their love when they’re drunk

Yuri. I can see him shouting that he loves Otabek and be ready to fight anyone who argue with him XD

LEOJI under the cut :)

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Tokyo Ghoul vs Literature: The Metamorphisis

I read that story in eighth grade. At the time I thought ‘what would I do if I turned into an insect…’ It was something of a dark musing of mine.

Kaneki uses literature as a way of expressing feelings he cannot normally express in one way or another. However, because of his emotional shortcomings he can tend to come off as naive and romanticize, or fail to understand the deeper meanings of the works he’s reading and instead just relate to the dark surface feelings. For example, despite most agreeing ‘The Metamorphosis’ is actually a metaphor and the real horror of the story is how his family treats him when the main character becomes unable to provide for them, Kaneki considers the implications of literally turning into an insect.

So the same way Kaneki misses the subtleties of the metamorphosis, for the broader more emotional element, Tokyo Ghoul in it’s almost whole plot reference of the metamorphosis, disguises deeper themes. This same kind of deception is even apparent in Kaneki’s character development, where we learn his issues were present well before the ghoul surgery aggravated them. 

All of these combine into the many references to Kafka’s most famous novel ‘The Metamorphosis’ that are present in Tokyo Ghoul, and the themes shared between the two works.

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Stupid Junkrat headcanons

Because I’m trash for the trashman

-he can actually eat anything. He once ate a glass of yolk on a dare.
-he refuses to eat meat in front of Roadhog, and will call others out on it. He means well. once he’s alone though he’s all over the food.
-he wanted to be a scientist when he was younger.
-loud noises used to scare him.
-his hair is actually the softest thing, but it’s always on fire so no one has the gift of touching it.
-he raised beetles as a teenager. Kept them in a jar by his bed. He let the worms crawl on him.
-he just loves insects in general actually.
-he’s practically deaf, so roadhog has to repeat himself so many times before he actually understands.

Bonus Roadhog:
-huge weeaboo
-he swears like a sailor unless he’s around younger people (younger than thirty, anyway.)

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
© Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,


—  F. Scott Fitzgerald

apparently bogleech reblogged my mosquito character who was, along with my newfound love of insects in general, inspired by him while i was in a cabin in the appalachians with no wifi……… cool

I was tagged by @moteldelano to post ten facts about myself! (Ty babe)

1. My hair has been a total of 8 different colours – blonde (naturally and bleached), blue, red, purple, brown, ginger, grey (the colour I have now)

2. My favourite movies are Burlesque and Chicago and my favourite shows are RPDR (obviously) and Brooklyn 99

3. I absolutely love all animals apart from insects, spiders, and just general creepy crawly shit

4. I live in southwest England

5. I’m a Taurus

6. I have three cats called Patch, Chico, and Timmy

7. I first got into writing when I was like 10 and wrote original stuff but now I prefer fanfiction way more

8. I really like Lush products and shop there religiously (esp their snow fairy range)

9. I’m a grammar freak when writing and reading but when it comes to speaking I’m terrible

10. I’m semi-fluent in French

I tag @aqjuliet @artificial-may @unhhhhjustsometrash @marshallisnotinsteresting although don’t feel obligated to do it lmao

My dashboard is pretty much dead so reblog this if you post any of the following:

  • Homestuck
  • Kill la Kill
  • Supernatural
  • Daft Punk
  • Marina and the Diamonds
  • Attack on Titan
  • RC9GN
  • Gorillaz
  • Transformers (any continuity)
  • Insects
  • Art in general
  • Gravity Falls
  • Five nights at Freddy’s
  • OFF
  • 31 Minutos
  • Awful Hospital

  And I will follow you if i like what i see in your blog