Insect Animals

Contest Info

  • Started: 3/1/2016 06:00
  • Ended: 3/4/2016 17:10
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 41
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Insect Animals
Contest Directions: Did you ever wonder why there are no insects or spiders sized as big animals? The answer lies in their respiratory system and hemolymph (blood). In humans and other animals, body cells get oxygen through blood cells that capture oxygen from the lungs. Insects' blood (hemolymph) does not carry oxygen, and body cells get it directly from the air that is supplied by the complex system of little hollow tubes (called tracheas or windpipes). Since insects don't have lungs but only "passive" tracheas, such primitive "ventilation" system can only stay effective as the length of tracheas is short enough, otherwise the "deep down" cells will not be ventilated enough and will die of oxygen starvation. That is why those scary old Japanese movies with huge insects (gigantic moth shooting thunderbolts from its eyes, etc) fighting giant animals are physically impossible in real life.
If insects had some features of animals (lungs, etc.) huge size would not a a problem for them. So today, let's combine any insect(s) with any animal(s) any way you wish. (For the sake of this contest we'll consider spiders as insects, though formally belong to separate order Araneae). Many thanks to johnx1 for the themepost.

Contest Info

    • Started: 3/1/2016 06:00
    • Ended: 3/4/2016 17:10
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 41
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
41 hi-res pictures
  • Praying Mantis Giraffe at Sunset

    Praying Mantis Giraffe at Sunset
  • Iguagon with Wings

    Iguagon with Wings
  • Blob Fish and Tardigrade Hybrid Animal

    Blob Fish and Tardigrade Hybrid Animal
  • Rhino Beetle on a Leaf

    Rhino Beetle on a Leaf
  • Cat with Spider Eyes

    Cat with Spider Eyes
  • Bumble Bee Parrot Hybrid

    Bumble Bee Parrot Hybrid
  • Grasshopper and Chameleon Hybrid

    Grasshopper and Chameleon Hybrid
  • Lizard Eating a Dog Beetle

    Lizard Eating a Dog Beetle
  • Metallic Rhinoceros Beetle

    Metallic Rhinoceros Beetle
  • Dog Bee Playing with a Dog Toy

    Dog Bee Playing with a Dog Toy
41 high resolution images
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