Questions tagged [insects]

For questions focused on insects and other, similar forms of life (such as spiders).

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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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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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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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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 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 this ...
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A World Without Bugs

Winter is finally upon us! With winter comes a delightful break from the year-round torment of bugs flying your face. Winter is cold - as a result, you can peacefully breathe the winter air without ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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 ...