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Regal by thomastapir Regal by thomastapir
I absolutely adore these things! Some years I see them all over the place, other years not at all, but they always strike me as readymade aliens cut from the Barlowe mold. Or how about insectile pterosaurs, or tiltrotor biomecha? Or Pharaonic quasi-/posthumans, or stylized funerary depictions thereof, adorned in gold, alabaster, and faience...?

Plume moth on my garage door, Vancouver, WA.
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PineRain Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Loos like a futuristic airship!
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John-AM Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Intriguing creature! Looking up on Wikipedia... Getting ideas...

Thanks for sharing. And nice photos!:-)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
You're very welcome, I'm glad you like it! Beautiful little critters, aren't they?
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John-AM Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes they are. Also that group I it's in, Microlepidoptera (as I found on Wikipedia). Really neat creatures.:-)
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8H29B Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
wow. i've never seen these before! thanks for posting!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
My pleasure, glad I could turn you on to these fascinating little beasties!
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SilverMender Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohman, the wings of those looks absolutely badass. It's, like you said, something out of barlowe's mind. Are the wings on that insect foldable or it just beats them in that structure?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
You know, the wings are really odd--they roll up into those "booms" or spars, but when they're unfurled they look unusually sparse and delicate: [link] Makes me wonder about the biomechanics and aerodynamics of their flight!
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Holy shit - I've never seen one of these! The external spars are unlike any insect I've ever seen - and provide me with some interesting ideas re the transport flyer collab... Great macrophotography on this piece!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Aw man, that would be awesome! You know what that makes me think of is that Kobayashi helicopter from the original (1984) Hyperweapon, you know the one I'm talking about? Not this one here ([link] which also kicks ass!) but the one that has kind of a trilateral body arrangement with a rotor at each terminal point...Gah, wish I could find a picture! : /
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, yes - the RyCooder! That thing is just evil-looking. First mech that made me nervous like I feel around wasps. I'll scan it for you, if you like.

Oh, have you seen John Carter yet? If not - GO!!! It's a tour-de-force for us!!!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't seen any recently, boy you've got some macro there!

Everyone seems to want to see mecha, but I'd like to see the pharaonic quasihumans. I'm trying to imagine what they look like, any pointers?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Ohhhh I'm so glad you said that, the pharaonic interpretation is my very favorite! It's easier for me to imagine the sculptural depiction versus the living form, but I think the latter would be something almost like a praying mantis in design (not surprisingly given my aesthetic proclivities, I guess), with an Akhenaten-like head human head ([link]) at the front of the body and humanoid arms clutching the traditional Egyptian flail and crook crossed below that, taking the place of the forward limb pair. The spars would comprise an extension of the headdress, with the second and third limb pairs a little more robust but retaining the same insectoid articulation (let's assume a low-g environ). Humanoid torso until you reach the hips where the walking legs attach, so in a way it would be a centaurine body configuration (one of the reasons I like mantises so much). Abdomen swaddled in one of those diagonally cross-wrapped Egyptian kilts!

I just think that would look awesome...Imagine one of these guys mummified, with the full ceremonial treatment accorded royalty!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I am getting the picture and it looks good.

Akhenaten is beautiful. I love that kind of juxtaposition of the beautiful interface and the "monstrous" body.
Mantises for the win.
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fractalfiend Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
They're very cool little critters. I was fascinated by them when I was younger :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I guess I never outgrew that phase! =p
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fractalfiend Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
That didn't come out the way I'd intended it :P I still think they are neat. I just remember how fascinated I was by them as a kid :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Aah, I gotcha man, I was just giving you a hard time! They really are fascinating little creatures, and I think that effect is magnified when you're a kid--everything's new, everything's interesting when you see it for the first time.

Thanks for the feedback!
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cgisby Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
ergh I hate these XD

They freak me out, how they just sit there... waiting...
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
And one of these days you will lower your guard, just for an instant....
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Dude, no way! How in the hell do these wings actually work?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Apparently they roll up into those lateral spars: [link]
Bizarre!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Whaaaaat? That's nuts man! They look almost like feathers. 2 wet raggedy feathers.
Glad you had the eye to spot him on your garage. Got some amazing insects over there!

if someone had made it up, I'd think that's a stretch.
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QuazarShark Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I used to call these guys "T moths" as a kid, and they were among my favorite insects. They still make me happy every time I see them!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
They're beautiful, aren't they? It's funny how I won't see them for long periods of time and then suddenly they're all over the place...It doesn't seem to be a regular or periodic cycle, though, like cicadas; maybe it has something to do with climate. I have to say, though, this is the only one I've seen so far this year!
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NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I couldn't believe my eyes either when I first saw them as a kid
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Hah, that seems to be a very common reaction! I'm relieved to know I'm not alone in this regard. :)
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flaketom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
First saw one off these In Sweden many years ago and could believe it's real and was thrilled to the bone by them!
Tiltrotor biomecha is my choice!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I know man, they really do look science-fictional!

--BWAAAH, I just did a Google search on "VTOL drone" and look what popped up! [link]
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flaketom Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Totally! Whoa, that ole thing still around... Funny and thanks!
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NeoLeo789 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
After following your art...
Of course you'd like these. ;)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I'm so predictable! =p
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river-Hrossa Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
>they always strike me as readymade aliens cut from the Barlowe mold

yep!
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mr-author Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
*narrows eyes*

Against its abdomen. Which pair of legs is that? Is that really its third pair of legs? I thought it was the first pair the first time I looked at it, but I don't know now.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Yes, that is the third pair of legs...They keep them tucked up against the body, like mosquitoes. Devious!
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mr-author Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Cool! It's just that it's an insect, I can never really be sure what feature is what.
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I thought it was a Crane Fly for a second before I read the description XD

My dog digs up the yard every year to eat the larvae apparently XD Mmm, protein!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Hah, I'm pretty enamored with crane flies as well! [link]
Yeah, I see what you mean; the leg structure especially is similar.

And dogs think ANYTHING is a source of protein--fiberglass insulation, cat poo, grass, etc. etc. etc. : p
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Touche friend.
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fractalxavier91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I like that wing structure. Never seen something quite like it in any other animal.

Tiltrotor biomecha, yes. Now I want to see that.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
re: Tiltrotor biomecha, yes. Now I want to see that.

You very well might, at some point!

Thanks, man!
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