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Q&A Giant velvet mites?

Velvet mites are some of the largest mites in the world, with species in the genus Dinothrombium reaching 12 mm in length (absolutely massive for a mite). What is the largest possible size a velvet...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Praearcturus‭

Question biology insects
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Q&A Genetically engineered bionically enhanced insects in lieu of robots

For context, I was reading about various research groups installing implants and cameras onto insects to use them as reconnaissance drones in high risk areas. I'm wondering how feasible it would ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Rusty‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Rusty‭

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Q&A Humanoid with Insect like Wings

So In Fiction, I think it's more common to see Humanoids with avian-like wings rather than insect wings. I was wondering if it's possible for a humanoid to evolve insect like wings and even if the...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by AOS1981 Leader Of The 1981 Arm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by AOS1981 Leader Of The 1981 Arm‭

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Q&A Can an insect evolve to look and function like a mammal?

I'm working with this alien race that looks and functions essentially like a mammal - skin, muscles, hair, internal bones, large size, etc. - but evolved from an insect or other bug. They're a larg...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by FelisMiscellaneous‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by FelisMiscellaneous‭

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Q&A For what reason would insects grow in size over a long evolutionary period?

What possible evolutionary reasons would there be for insects to increase their physical size over a long period? What benefits would be gained by an insect being larger? For example, say ants in...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Kyle Williamson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kyle Williamson‭

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Q&A Maximum scale for "bumblebee" flight?

Bumblebees famously cannot fly under fixed wing aerodynamics--and they don't. Rather, they "row" the air, moving their wings back and forth and varying the pitch to push air down like a reciprocati...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

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Q&A Can insects evolve their basic anatomy to grow in size?

In my fantasy world, there are several species - both sapient and non-sapient. They all originally evolved from a group of insects that, after millions of years of isolation and no competition, hav...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Seraphim‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Seraphim‭

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Q&A Can an Insect's Pheromones Be Visible?

In my story, there is a type of bee that releases a pheromone during mating season that is visible at night in brightly lit areas. This is similar to how you can see rain more easily at night if yo...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A We Have Successfully Established Plants and Insects on Mars. How Long Will It Take Them to Colonize the Entire Planet?

In my last question, I have asked on how, once Mars has been terraformed, Terran species of plants and the insects on which the majority of them rely on would adapt to Mars's longer year. By far, ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A How Can Plants and Insects Cope With Living on a Terraformed Mars?

If we humans are serious about terraforming our famous neighbor, Mars, then the terraforming process would take thousands of years before it becomes habitable enough for humans to live in. But tha...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Is a post-climate apocalypse city in which many or most insects have disappeared realistic?

Supposing climate change continues at its current "worst case" projected rates, would we see a noticeable reduction in insects down the line? I am wondering if it makes sense to have a character wh...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by gumbiecat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by gumbiecat‭

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Q&A Living nests for insects - Part 1: Optimal Hive shape

I've been playing with the idea of living nests for insects for a while now to help populate my worlds. The idea is that they don't build a static nest out of wood pulp and other material but have ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Demigan‭

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Q&A Could flying insects re-enter the Earth's atmosphere from space without burning up?

Huge numbers of genetically modified flying insects (purpose not disclosed here but it relates to affecting the whole of humanity) are to be dropped into the Earth's atmosphere from space so that t...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A Plausible reason for gold-digging ant

Medieval bestiaries describe a creature, a type of desert-dwelling ant that digs for gold. It was also said to be the size of a fox, but I'll ignore that in this question. Why would ants unearth p...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by SealBoi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by SealBoi‭

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Q&A How can I predict what the evolution of ants tends towards?

I want to add realistic elements to a futuristic environment I am working on. Realistically, the animals we know of today will change over time and it's more likely smaller ones would survive, so I...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Vane Voe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Vane Voe‭

Question evolution insects
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Q&A How to have people and big bugs at the same time

There's been a few questions about making big bugs before and the consensus in they can't get much bigger than 3ft or so (which in reality is still huge). Catch is, you need quite a bit of extra ox...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Samwise‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Samwise‭

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Q&A Wasp hives in a walking corpse. Why would wasps do this?

Just a bit of background: one of my favorite zombie causers is from the Dead Rising video game series. In it, the undead are reanimated by a wasp-like insect that lays eggs in a corpse (I think. It...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pinion Minion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pinion Minion‭

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Q&A What material would ant-sized humans use to make armour?

In the world I'm creating, a branch of humans from prehistoric earth were castaway to another dimension by reality bending beings. The dimension exists as a large cavern filled with giant Earth art...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Red_Wasp‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Red_Wasp‭

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Q&A Man-made mass extinction that benefits arthropods

Context To revive the Carboniferous period of earth one man and a group of other scientists have been genetically engineering and breeding land arthropods into giant sizes and exotic shapes since ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Semi-Aquatic Ants

Is it plausible for a species of ant that inhabits a mangrove-like marine environment to have their abdomen evolve into a tail-like appendage for swimming to move from tree to tree to forage?

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Thalassan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Thalassan‭

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Q&A What natural factors could possibly push a species of eusocial insects to become intelligent?

So, I am working on a species called the Vosians, who hail from the planet Vos. They are a species of eusocial insectoids, much like Earth ants. Biology The Vosians are about 3 feet tall, or 0.9 ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Justin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Justin‭

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Q&A Mitocondrial Density in an arthropleura on steroids

Context In one of my stories I am having a villain try to bring back the beauty of the giant arthropods in the Carboniferous period by genetically engineering his own personal, mega-pseudo-arthrop...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Creating a Scientifically Semi-valid Pseudo-Arthropod Primate Part 3: Mouth Parts

As a parody of the super soldier questions and as an efficient way of organizing these questions I will now start this series of questions about Pseudo-Arthropod Primates. Previous questions from ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Creating a Scientifically Semi-Valid Pseudo-Arthropod Primate Part 1: Pseudo-Dragonfly Wing Rib Muscles

Background As a parody of the super soldier questions and as an efficient way of organizing these questions I will now start this series of questions about Pseudo-Arthropod Primates. Questions fr...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Creating a Scientifically Semi-Valid Pseudo-Arthropod Primate Part 2: Exoskeleton Mimicking Amour plating

Other questions from this thread: Question 1 Question 3 Oh my that title is a mouthful, but as a parody of the super solider questions and as an efficient way of organizing these questions I wil...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Human Hive Mind Alterations

Context I got this man who can control millions of insects at a time to fight. He accomplishes this thanks to the microbots(smaller than bacteria) in his nervous system that react to his mind and ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A Upscaling Insects and the effect resulting upon their biology

Assuming the information in this video by the Cambridge University is correct, Planthoppers can jump as far as a meter. Their size ranges from 1cm in cooler climates to 5cm in the tropics. With ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Lutro‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Lutro‭

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Q&A Human hybrids and prion diseases

How genetically different do my human-arthropod hybrid have to be to humans to not be at risk of prion diseases when eating humans? I don't want my monsters to eat a brain for a quick snack and the...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A How would magic controlled insects go about repairing a magical scarf?

About the Question The end questions are about the mechanics of the repair work itself for certain parts of the scarf. Everything else should be explained below. Location On one of the worlds of...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Michael Kutz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Michael Kutz‭

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Q&A How would giant, secluded, underground-cave-dwelling insects get enough food?

In my world, there are underground ruins from an ancient civilization. There are giant insect creatures living in these underground cave-like ruins, ranging from the size of a large dog to the size...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by anwen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by anwen‭

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Q&A Can a human be used as a living bee hive or ant hill?

My question is: Can a human be used as a living ant hill or bee hive, e.g. have insects living inside themselves under the premise that they (the human) are completely immobilized? "Living hill o...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A How long would it take for cooperating insects to transport a grape-sized rock from Finland to South Africa, in an efficient way?

The rock is spherical. All arthropods are included. They have no time limit and are "programmed" to cooperate, but lack intelligence. While there is no time limit, the insects do this transportatio...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Fred the John‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Fred the John‭

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Q&A Advanced alien insect long range communication

I'm looking to create a highly advanced insect communication network that could be broadcast on an interplanetary basis. Now, my insects communicate through chemical signals and smells which they...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭