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Questions tagged [insectoid]

This tag should be used for questions related to creatures that share common characteristics with insects.

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Mutually beneficial digestive system symbiotes

On an Earth-like planet, an intelligent species evolved in symbiosis with another species that lives in their digestive system and act as the microbial gut flora in humans do. What implementations of ...
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Can you create a living vehicle fueled by organic material?

In this world, the vehicles are effectively re-engineered insects; enlarged bio-manufactured nervous systems used instead of engines; factory grown lightweight chassis / [wheels]. The fuel station ...
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Brain Tick, how could it take over a host's brain?

There was once 12 kingdoms in the ancient days until the kingdom of Eo was devoured by the very forests it called home. The people of Eo have been turned into beasts wandering the woods and preying ...
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Poisoning with remote controlled insectoid drone?

Would it be possible to create a mosquito drone like the one below and use it to inject a target with some deadly poison like Novichok?
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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 ...
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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 will ...
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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 from ...
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Pancreas Chitin

Okay so I am making these arthropod looking humanoid mammalian species, so think of a human with armadillo armor and jointed sloth arms. And I have heard that the pancreas produces Chitin so my ...
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Would Combined eyes be possible?

Imagine a animal with eyes that are a combination of arthropod compound eye with vertebrate eye,I visualize this like a eye with the sclera covered in a layer of compound eyes,or compound eyes with ...
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How Can I Make A Bipedal Insect?

I've been conceptualizing a species of intelligent insects. They would have 6 limbs, they can fly, but they walk bipedally. I've been thinking of having them get down on all limbs of they need to go ...
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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 of ...
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Could 3000 magically controlled insects kill roughly 1000 knights? [closed]

Would a mage with the ability to control roughly 3000 insects at once be able to kill roughly a 1000 knights charging at him with the intention to kill him? If so, which insects would be suited to do ...
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What would be a reasonable amount of time needed for some arthropod to evolve into megafauna, given the right evolutionary pressures?

Roughly how long would arthropods have to evolve before they could reach sizes analogous to current day megafauna (like today's mammals)? Assume an alternate earth where tetrapods never colonized ...
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Ark's Scutinphora [closed]

Scutinphora puteus is a fast, flying insect that comes in two varieties, visually distinct only in the red or green markings on its exoskeleton. Biologically and behaviorally, the are practically the ...
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How large of a creature can an exoskeleton support? [duplicate]

I want some giant insect-like creatures for my setting. Since there are already answers here that say simply scaling up insects isn't feasible due to things like their circulatory system, let's assume ...
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How do Glass Ants create their tunnels?

***** Xenobiology expedition 'Profundity': Log entry 504 ***** Glass Ants are a fascinating species. We discovered them on an arid desert world last visited by humanity aeons ago. They seem to have ...
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How would a collective consciousness go to war?

Inspired by TrEs-2b's Ant-hill species http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/3781/what-species-are-you-currently-designing/3794#3794 As well as this question How do I wage war against ...
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Magical Insectoid War Machines?

Ignoring the obvious questions regarding feasibility, let's assume that the army of a largely feudal world can choose to mount their heavy weapons (cannons, artillery, gatling guns, etc.) on magical ...
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Is it plausible that current insects will evolve sapience?

Scenario: In my Evil Overlord plan, I release a poison into the wild which should kill all humans. However I made some sort of mistake in my poison design and I killed all Vertebrates bigger than 0.5 ...
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Is this insectoid species realistic?

So I'm looking to make an insect-like organism for my book, and I was wondering what I need to think about to make it feasable, given these conditions: -These insectoids are approximately 2 meters in ...
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Insect-like animal using water for blood?

The habitat of the creature in question is most commonly atop mountains (or in moist areas). Such an idea would mean that the creature wouldn't need a heart or stomach to break down things into blood. ...
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How can I kill all the flies in the world? [closed]

I am a mad scientist who has discovered a way of efficiently killing all sorts of annoying flies, from mosquitoes to fruit flies, and want to unleash my creation upon the unsuspecting buzzers. However,...
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Can an insectoid race have a flexible exoskeleton?

I'm fond of a insect race in a videogame, and want to base a race off of them, or write a fan fiction, but they flex a bit in the torso, and I wasn't sure... Hope this makes sense. :) Animated ...
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Weapons and armor from chitin

I want to understand how weaponry and armor might be made from the chitin of giant insects, and how well it might work. Background In a fantasy world I'm working on, a significant population lives ...
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Would a dominant species of a planet generally consist of a single species, or multiple species?

I'm working on a planet wherein the dominant species isn't humanoid (in this case, mantids.) However, I'm unsure as to whether or not it'd make more logical sense for the dominant species to be ...
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Giant Insects Made Plausible - Nymph Gills to Pseudo Lungs

I've had a great idea to leap over the giant boundary of respiration when making giant insects.The largest problem is that insects rely on diffusion through exterior holes (spiracles) to breathe, and ...
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Human-sized insects - What bodily difference from smaller scale species?

The flight-mechanisms and exoskeletons of insects are only practical at their current scale -- the wings interact with the air as more of a 'fluid' medium at their scale, than gas as birds experience ...
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Would it be possible for insects to evolve colonies of colonies?

I was thinking about how some insects have colonies and was thinking about a situation in which the colonies combine to form super colonies. Each colony that is within a super colony has its own ...
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Maximum size for an ant?

The Worlds largest ant is around 1 inch long give or take. I wanted to know how large an ant could grow assuming conditions are perfect. Below are the conditions of their environment; 1: The ...
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If the insects declared war, who would win?

It is the near future and insectoid aliens pass our planet. They are shocked and dismayed to find that disgusting fleshy creatures seem to be in charge. Using their alien technology they imbue all of ...
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How to build a city surrounded by giant spiders?

Tech level? Medieval. Magic? Yep. More specifically: using levitation. Forests surround my town, which is built in a wild forest on a river trade route to protect merchants. How would I build my ...
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Could insects evolve that could create a hole in a stone wall within a day?

I'm finally actually participating in the weekly topic challenges, instead of just helping run them. Let's say that there's a siege around a small series of fortifications that comprise the only ...
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How would human-sized colonial organisms develop

This question is based off of an earlier question of mine that dealt with what would happen if humans and our Neanderthal cousins were dropped off on a world with large, technologically developed ants ...
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Communication with a big insect

Plausibility check of the whole "insect race". As background, I want some poor astronauts to "crash" (safely land, but because they had no other option, possibly some engine malfunction) and meet with ...
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What could make an insect race intelligent?

TL;DR: I want a society which behaves as a hive. Is it plausible and how to achieve this? The setup: Different planet in our universe. In other words: Normal, physical rules apply, there is no magic ...
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How could an insectoid race survive despite a small gene pool?

Consider an insectoid race where each worker/soldier/role is bred as required by the queen. This is very similar to ants on earth. Periodically new Queens are born who then set out to found their own ...
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Physical speed of insectoid lifeforms

Would humanoid sized insectoid lifeforms be relatively slow considering that their exoskeleton would have to be rather heavy since it takes more 'armor' to get the same relative protection? Generally ...