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February 3rd, 2012 #1
C.O.W. #247. Asymmetrical Insectoid - VOTING!
Round 247: Voting!
Topic: Asymmetrical Insectoid
Deadline for voting: Feb. 16th
Round Requirements (Read BEFORE Voting):
- The creature must be asymmetrical if one were to look at it straight on and/or from above
- The creature must be insectoid (Insectoid, in this case meaning: sharing the qualities which we associate with insects, in particular, it should be an arthropod)
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The sidewinder has evolved from a normal flying insect to a side-flying insect. It needed its sense of smell more horizontally than vertically, so it evolved into having its wings on the side in order to orient its smell receptors on the left and right instead of top and bottom. Its prey are low flying insects, having the smell receptors on the left and right gives it greater ability to know where its prey is.
It lost one its front limbs in order to accommodate the wings, but it has learned to use the one main limb for holding its prey while eating.
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February 8th, 2012 #3
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Concept: Asymmetrical Tree Crab
This slow-moving crab-like creature spends most of it's adult life in the trees. It uses it's large claw to stablize itself while it uses its legs to navigate itself through the branches. It feeds primarily on plants and lichens, but may gorge itself on bird egg and the occasional bird if it can catch one. It's body is full of sharp spines and irritating fur-like bristles. For additional defense it uses a sharp barb at the end of it's tail, that secretes a chemical that will cause hallucinogenic deluisions. Some tribes will extract the poison from the crab to use for ceremonial rituals and more often recreation. This could also coincide with the crab's bizarre appearance making it seem even more horrific when the individual is under the influence.
February 8th, 2012 #4
Concept: ”Gladiator Bug”
These Gladiator bugs are from a small planet far from earth, they live in tribes like the early humans on earth. Because every tribe wants to have total control over the planet, there’s a constant war going on between them.
These creatures are amazing fighters, their exoskeleton provides good defense, while the “wings” on their arms and left leg are used for distracting their prey and to glide through the air for short distances.
They have six limbs total, their two right arms can be used separately or together, while their left arms are fused together( through evolution) to from one big sword. Their torso is developed in such a way that it supports the limbs on either side perfectly. The left side offers more protection to the shoulder as well as power to the chest, to be able to make powerful slashes. The right side offers less protection but more flexibility, which helps to create better diversions. To create more space on their right side, for their arms, they don’t have wings on their right legs.
February 8th, 2012 #5
Concept: Asymmetrical Dragonfly
This particular species of Dragonfly has learnt to adapt to its environment. By evolving a long talon like appendage, where previous a sixth leg stood, this insect can crack small bird eggs, instead of relying on catching other small insects. This is useful not only as highly nutritious food source but also reduces potential predators in the ecosystem. Maybe in the future they will become even more successful by deliberately targeting insect eating bird eggs.
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Concept: Viperfly Larva
At the larval stage of their life cycle, the viperfly does not yet have fully developed wings. However, it is just as venomous and lethal as its adult counterpart. Tourists are advised to keep away from cave-like structures, and to seek help immediately if stung.
Viperflies can be easily identified because of their asymmetrical form. This asymmetry is largely due to the fact that many of their organs are located outside of their exoskeleton. The reason for this is as follows:
An insect's size is limited by their relatively inefficient respiratory system. Insects do not have lungs and so they breathe by diffusion. If their bodies are large, oxygen cannot be properly diffused to their vital organs. Thus, by having the organs on the exterior, the viperfly increases the surface area with which to supply oxygen to these organs. This allows the bug to grow extremely large.
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February 8th, 2012 #7
Concept: REGINA ORCHIDACEA
The Regina Orchidacea is an asymmetrical insect feedind on smaller one. It uses a strong and smelly odour which looks like pollen to attract them. This odour is spread with the little shiny button at the end of its tree part. It has also a clever and colorfull cover to look like an orchid and attract more bugs and bees. It hangs in trees thanks to its claw and foreleg. The top head legs are for catching its prey. The covered 2 side legs are for catching biger bugs.
Its assymetry give it a nice and natural cover from its predators. It doesn't move a lot and hangs in trees all spring and summer. During automn and winter, it hide in the ground.
February 8th, 2012 #8
Concept: Regina Orchidacea
The regina orchidacea is an asymmetrical insect feeding on smaller one. It uses its shiny "button" ending its "tree part" to spread an strong and smelly odour to attract bugs and bees. It has a nice natural and clever cover wich imitate orchids to attract other insects. It hangs in trees thanks to its claw and its foreleg. The top head legs are for catching small bugs and the side legs are for catching bigger bees.
Its natural asymmetry also help it to hide from predator because it looks like a part of the tree.
Rob Powell --> Like I said in the wip thread, my insect presentation looks like a bit like yours but it's a coincidence due to its nature. It has to hang in trees so sorry if you felt imitated.
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February 8th, 2012 #9
Concept: Emerald Javalin Bug
This large insect utilizes ambush tactics to catch its prey. Leaping from a tall vantage point with its powerful back legs it rockets towards the intended victim. Contact is made with a deadly lance like stinger protruding past its head. If such an attack is successful, death is almost certain, but so is a hard earned meal.
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February 9th, 2012 #10
Concept: Battering Scorpion
The male battering scorpion is an asymmetrical insectoid. One side of its body is covered in spikes and the other, smooth. This creature rams itself against its opponent with this side to stun it, and quickly stings them while they're stunned with its venomous stinger. Scientists speculate its big claw is used in mating rituals, the bigger the claw, the "stronger" it appears, and thus, more attractive it is to a potential mate.
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Concept: Bramble Bug
The bramble bug is a type of beetle that has evolved to have leaf-like projections from it's body as both a means of protection and camouflage.
The bramble bug changes colors to match the leaves as seasons pass and it's said that no two specimens look exactly alike. (Although on July 15th, 2008, this was proven to be incorrect when twin specimens were found by researchers in the Amazon.)
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February 9th, 2012 #12
Concept: Scorpio Mantis
The Scorpio Mantis lives in the desert and is asymmetrical. The long left appendage excretes a glue like substance and a pheromone to attract smaller insects into its grasp/glue. The claw on the right side is used for protection and burrowing into cactus, which is where they typically build their homes. The Mantis can grow to the size of a small cat and may be know to eat snakes and other larger prey.
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February 9th, 2012 #13
Concept: The Giant Sand Reaver
The Giant Sand Reaver is a genetic oddity believed to be the result of post war nuclear weapons testing in the Nevada desert. They can have as many as 30 limbs, proto limbs, claws and hooks, with combinations varying massively from individual to individual. They are large and extremely aggressive, springing from huge tunnels to claim their prey.
February 9th, 2012 #14
The Leaflet has two big wings which look like leafs. When another insect gets close, it swings the wings aside to reveal killer pincers!
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Concept: [*COLOR=White]Dusk Reaper[/COLOR]
The Dusk Reaper is an ambush predator. They live in inhospitable environments where plants hardly grow. The Dusk Reaper is well adapted to this by using a deformed front limb which has the shape of a little plant. Since the rest of her body is well camouflaged she just waits for days for a bug or small rodent to come by. In a split second she lunges at her prey and traps it in her giant scythe-like claw.
Laying eggs can take up to two months. The dusk reaper digs herself halfway in the ground and starts laying eggs with her strong ovipositor.
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