been meaning to draw @flatw00ds‘ big bad beetlegrub Dom for a while now. all of their forms are extremely good, but i’m contractually obligated to go with the buggiest one.
Does anybody else ever just want to lovingly mouth on large grubs? Like, I kiss my fat caterpillars (so refreshing guys, you have to try it), but I kinda want to nom on big fat wiggly grubs. Luckily (for them and me both, I guess), I have never encountered any notably large ones. But this friend? I feel like they would be safe to nom a little. If they were into that kinda thing.
I’ve seen these babies in the wild! They are endangered! They are AWESOME! They were… on the ground! I was still figuring out how to use my camera, so the photos aren’t the best, but look at these damn birds.
From Liwonde National Park in Malawi, November 2017
Honestly the mere fact that some people refer to Daddy Long Legs as “harvestmen” is creepier than 90% of all deliberately created horror but like the worst part is that the alternative is calling them Daddy Long Legs
True harvestmen, and not cellar spiders which are the other Daddy Long Legs, are truly omnivorous- known to eat everything from spiders, to fecal matter, to leaves and fungus… But one of the singularly most interesting habits of a particular European species is their almost symbiotic relationship with beehives– particularly man-made beehives. When a bee dies inside the hives, workers will remove the the corpse to just outside the hive just before dark. And the harvestmen? Well, they live up to their name.
So what you’re saying is that they are the grim reaper for bees.
The grim beeper
Somebody do this for inktober it’s not too late
IM DOING IT
HERE HE IS
So I looked into it, and it appears harvestmen have been found nibbling on dead bees, because free easy food, but it isn’t a main food source.
However, some that I do a little work with eat slugs… So that’s pretty cool!
And while I took a touch of artistic liberty in slightly shorter legs and making those spines a little over the top, the little dudes are surprisingly spiny once you see them under a microscope!
This is the tortoise beetle species who loves eating my morning glories. These are the best: they are normally a shiny gold, but when they feel threatened, they withdraw all the fliud in their wings that creates the shiny gold effect, which will cause their bright red and black-spotted bodies to become visible. They mimic lady beetles, which taste terrible, as a way to protect themselves.
Day 6 prompt: Grasshopper
These things are leggy and hard to draw, but I’m pretty pleased with this one! Don’t know species yet, bit should be fairly obvious to anyone who knows their orthopterans.