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What environmental pressures would drive arthropods to evolve a more "efficient" circulatory and respiratory system?

I already made two different questions about similar things, How could an efficient respiratory system evolve for giant arthropods? and How could an efficient circulatory and cardiovascular system ...
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insect square cube law

Removing respiratory problems due to primitive lungs, is there any reason why giant insects can't exist? after all we have giraffes which are enormous but have incredibly skinny legs, quetzalcoatls ...
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How arthropods could evolve a placoderm-like skeleton (semi-exoskeleton)?

I recently made this question about the viability of a placoderm-like skeleton to permit arthropods grow till giantsizes, getting a mechanism which I decided to call "semi-exoskeleton" to ...
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Is placoderm-like armor (semi-exoskeleton) viable for giant arthropods?

I thought this model could possibly work as a possible way to get a functional system for giant arthropods, but I realized with problems when I was writing an answer to this question Are '...
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How arthropods could evolve an endoskeleton?

Due to similar answers in the multiple questions I have asked about giant arthropods, seems like the presence of an exoskeleton is a bigger limitation for giant arthropods than their cardiovascular or ...
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How could an efficient circulatory and cardiovascular system evolve for giant arthropods?

This question will be highly related with this other How could an efficient respiratory system evolve for giant arthropods?, because both systems do an important and combined contribution to ...
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How would warm-blooded insects work?

Like would that even be possible in any way, could it happen and why or why not? Would the environment also suffer because of the warm-blooded insect(s)?
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How to disguise insect meat?

The rot-weevil is a 10cm long flightless beetle (though not truly a weevil). It eats a wide variety of food, most of which is obtained from civilised settlements. If people wished to trap and sell ...
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Why do I still want insect screens?

I have magical insect repellent that prevents nuisance1,2 insects from landing on me, biting/stinging me, or congregating within, say, 1m of my face. Would I still want to employ insect screening on ...
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How would this Eusocial species deal with large Dragons?

So, I have 3 species of eusocial animals in this world, however for now I'll just be talking about this one considering the other two have fairly obvious answers for how they would murder large ...
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How will these mammal-bugs retain their bug-like features?

As a sequel to my first question, I have decided to ask another! Let's say, that these bugs have evolved to look completely like a mammal. Fur, skin, eyes, etc. What about their internal biology could ...
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How fast can a cockroach scaled up to 1:72 scale(72 times bigger) run and move barring the square-cube law? [closed]

I had a passing idea for a world where giant cockroaches attack a city and was wondering how fast can they run at this scale. I know that even normal-sized cockroaches are fast, so must be even more ...
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Which animals would Ents (tree men) want to cull? [closed]

Imagine you were an ent, a tree person, and the day is going just fine, until.... TERMITES!! You panic, stumbling through the glen as you try to scratch the annoying, horrifying and perhaps even ...
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How quickly can a swarm of insects eat 1kg of meat? [closed]

In my story a swarm of insects (ants, beetles, etc) can be controlled and directed to devour a carcass. Assuming there are enough insects to actually consume that much flesh, how long would it take ...
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can Elf be in family with Fairies and Angels?(updated)

need a bit help with an Elf species I am making. I am thinking about making them family with fairies who is in my world; some type of dragonfly. of course, I have no idea this is possible. My Elf ...
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Maintaining realism while having giant insects?

In my world, there was a nuclear apocalypse, and the resulting radiation, along with biochemical pathogens, lead to a dramatic increase in mutation and evolution. Now, originally in my world I wanted ...
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Could a bug sting induce a human body to explode?

The setup is similar to a funny horror movie or like Troma movies. Deaths only happen to insignificant, unnamed characters. However, I would like to have some plausible science back-up (maybe slightly ...
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Where would the best cuts of meat be on a giant insect?

Let's say one had a giant insect the size of a sheep or a cow that some sapient species was raising as meat livestock. These animals would have to be butchered to be eaten and cannot simply be eaten ...
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How Big Can An Land Arthropod Get In Our Modern Earth Climate

I've done some research into giant arthropods lately. The largest land arthropod currently is the Coconut Crab, but I'm wondering how much bigger an arthropod can get in our current Earth climate and ...
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Giant bugs part 1: nature

So a little bit ago I asked a question that asked multiple questions so my new strategy is too ask multiple questions. First off this first question is going to revolve around the bugs themselves and ...
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In a medieval society with gigantic insects and arachnids which ones could be useful [closed]

so i'm thinking of a medieval society in a world with giant bugs. let's say the honeybee was about the size of a house mouse for reference (which makes the insects and arachnid nine times it's size). ...
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How would a species descended from dipterans become eusocial?

I am writing a script about a post-apocalyptic Earth. Technically, humans and many other sentient species survived, but almost all bee species are extinct. But mosquitoes survived and became the most ...
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How loud of a sound would a human-sized cicada produce?

Cicadas are known to produce very loud sounds which they make by rapidly buckling their tymbals, some of which are loud enough to exceed the threshhold that causes discomfort in humans (110 decibels), ...
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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 ...
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Would it be possible to use a mount that requires a much higher temperature than the rider?

Would it be possible for an insect-sized intelligent species to ride a larger insect-sized species that can only survive at around 600°C, and if so, what would the mount need to be kept both warm and ...
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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 be, ...
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Bug-sized halberd?

I'm constructing a world where insects battle using medieval and fantasy weapons. I'm trying to think of an object that could be used by a bug as a halberd - that is, part spear, part axe. For example,...
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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 ...
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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 large, ...
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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 ...
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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 reciprocating ...
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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, have ...
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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 you ...
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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, the ...
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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 that ...
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What would be a good size for rideable creatures? [closed]

I am making a world where the environment is much larger than the people who live in it, and is in a swamp setting. My problem is that I would like to have the characters riding on wild animals (fish, ...
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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 who ...
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How would a military counter the use of genetically modified insects used to defeat CBRN protective gear?

One military has developed insects with strong jaws capable of chewing through the weaker parts of CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) gear and then injecting neurotoxins ...
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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 a ...
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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 they ...
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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 ...
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Gadget: Insect wings

(Related to Human Dragonfly wings) Context The mutant thread is back. For more context, see my previous questions. One of my character is a "subtle" mutant (no outward sign) that has an affinity ...
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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 ...
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Dangers of meganeura sized dragonflie for child sized humanoids [closed]

Would a dragonfly around the size of a Meganeura be a concrete danger for a humanoid about a meter (3'3") tall, weighing around 15kg (33lb)? This dragonfly wouldn't have particular evolutionary ...
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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 ...
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Foul Smelling Flatulence Flyers

I am trying to flesh out the details of an interesting animal (for D&D) that will both disgust my players while at the same time have them think the animal is a "useful" creature. I want the ...
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What insect-derived products were used by ancient and medieval human society? [closed]

Other than honey from bees and silk from silkworms, were there other instances where insects were "domesticated" and put to use? Or even if insects and their derivatives were collected from the wild ...
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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's ...
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Is it possible to resurrect extinct insect species and other arthropods?

As we all know, animals are going extinct all the time and that includes arthropods. Many scientist say that we could bring extinct species (like black rhinos, tigers etc.) back to life. I was ...
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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 the ...