mounted insects

oilan  asked:

Geonosis, Kashyyyk?

Oooh!

Geonosis: Are you compassionate towards insects?

Hmm, I don’t think so? I don’t know what that would really mean? I can’t like extend emotional rapport with a centipede or anything.

But I like insects, I think they’re cool! They have very complicated lives and social structures and often great character designs.  I never understand people who try to eradicate them or freak out about their existing. I’ll generally try to save them and I’d always rather move them out to a better environment than squish them when it’s reasonable. 

(I would say fire ants are an exception, but really I’m just trying to send them back to hell, which is clearly their native habitat, so same thing.XP)

Kashyyyk: What is your favourite fluffy creature?

CATSSSSSS I love cats, I haven’t seen mine in weeks and now I miss them, oh geez. Fluffy minipredators, the perfect pet. <3 

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Exhibit with mounted insects, frogs, and a bunch of polished, pyritized ammonite shells.

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My new video for Mike Thrasher.

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Bestiary - Nuggalopes (½)

Greater Mountain Nuggalope 

Stubborn and hardy, the Greater Mountain Nuggalope - or “Deth Nug” - makes a statement, and that statement is “hands.”

As far as historians are able to determine, referenced to the greater mountain nuggalope (or “deth nug”) predate the Divine Age. For centuries, the nuggalope remained a creature of myth, with sighting attributed to lunacy or drunkenness. Occasionally, convincing evidence for the nuggalope’s existence would be brought forth. These claims were always proven to be hoaxes, perpetrated for fame or malicious amusement. 

As such, it came as a great shock when tales of the nuggalope were finally proven true. Despite their elusive nature, nuggalopes may be tamed and even ridden, though few have accomplished such a feat. 

One of the nuggalope’s most unexpected features - and one of endless fascination to researchers - is the creature’s hand-like front paws. The nuggalope has been known to dunk its food in water before consuming it. It can also reach high tree branches and pull them down to eat the leaves. While observations of wild nuggalopes are few, some researchers theorise that the creature may also be capable of rudimentary tool use, such as poking stick into trees and dirt mounts to draw the insects out.


It has hands. It handles things. That’s hitting me worse than anything else. What the ever-loving spit? Can’t argue the impressive stature of the thing, and it’s stubborn, like the most entitled charger. It knows how strong it is, and it knows you know. I expected the dull snuffling of its small cousins, but this - it has hands and spirited eyes. Mind where you secure the buckles of your saddle. I expect it’ll let you know when it tires of suffering you on its back. Not that it tires. Hands. Hands. —A Horsemaster’s Notes On Mounts

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Masked Devil, Cyclochila australasiae.

The ventral (underneath) view shows this cicadas amazing rostrum (its proboscis, mouthparts) which it uses to penetrate plant material to feed on its xylem.

The Masked Devil is thought to have a life cycle of seven years or more, most of that as a larvae underground, feeding on sap from tree roots. Large cicadas like the Masked Devil may survive as an adult for several months.

This individual (exhausted) photographed at the Heritage Rail Trestle Bridge, Mount Lawson state park, Victoria.

Diamond Weevil, Chrysolopus spectabilis.

I did not place the weevil in this position. Its defensive “move” is to drop from its place on a bush onto the ground. Sometimes it is on its back in a “play dead” position.

This was the first insect species in Australia to be scientifically described.

Mount Granya state park, Victoria, Australia