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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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