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.
Ants are considered to be the strongest animals - their strength is
the highest relative to their weight. A single ant can carry 10-20 times
its weight, which is equivalent to a person carrying a car - only
superheros in movies and comics can do that. It's also common to see
ants carrying ants, but we never see elephants carrying elephants.
Photoshop insects as any known superheros (Superman, Batman, etc.) -
dress them up, give them paint jobs, adjust their shapes. Any species
of insects are allowed in this contest. Good examples are Superman
cockroach, Batman beetle, etc.
Insect fighting blood sport has gotten more popular in Asian countries in the recent years. While insect fighting goes back hundreds of years as entertainment for the Chinese aristocrats and emperor dynasties, today this blood sport involves large amounts of money with an earnest attention to raising and training insects. Male beetles are fed with special sugar rich foods to achieve higher size, and go through a series of training drills to develop aggressiveness. A fight is normally held between two bugs and is initiated by the recorded sound of the female's mating call, which instinctively puts the male beetles into a fighting mood.
Photoshop insect fights one way or another. You may use some sports (e.g. boxing) as a theme, street fights, or any other environment where insects would be willing to fight each other. Dressing up the insects or make them use fighting equipment (swords, boxing gloves) is a plus. Insects fighting each other don't have to be of the same species. Using human body (or parts) as sources for part of insects is allowed.
[ Camouflage shapes and coloring was successful evolutionary strategy for many insects, which allowed them to blend with environment and hide from predators. ]
In related news, scientists report that bedbugs in Brooklyn hotels blend perfectly with room environment - they have a shape, size, and look of hotel beds.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop any insects giving them camouflage (in coloring or shape) to blend with environment (house, nature, office, etc.)
Malaysia is not a country I know much about, but it turns out
tourists love it for Malaysia's most famous insects, a colony glowing of fireflies - many tourists take a
night canoe ride to see the twinkling fireflies near the mouth of the
Selangor river. But due to recent pollution in Malaysia firefly
colonies are not twinkling as much any more, and Malaysian authorities
There are two possible sides to this story:
1) Fireflies went on strike and demand their share of tourism proceeds (we ain't burnin' our asses for nothin')
2) Malaysia got so polluted fireflies are coughing dirt and their lights are covered with chemical wastes. The only chance they start glowing again is if the area becomes a bit more polluted with radioactive waste.
In this contest you are asked to help insects keep the lights on. Add light-producing technological
devices to any insects. Mini lamps, flashlights, projectors - insects
need your help to get enlightened.