Sep 26 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Beetle TRIUMPHANT!

(via National Geographic

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1

    Beetle! No punch-back!

  2. 2

    I for one welcome our new insect overlords [/cliché]

  3. 3
    Glen Davidson

    If he’s triumphant, why’s he still stag?

    I wonder if wearing my skeleton on the outside would work for me…

    Glen Davidson

  4. 4
    'Tis Himself

    I wonder if wearing my skeleton on the outside would work for me…

    Try it for a week and let us know how it works out.

  5. 5

    i imagine the beetle saying this:

    “you should have seen the one that got away–it was *this* big!11!!1!”

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    Anubis Bloodsin III

    Critter is even doing the Matrix ‘bring it on’ finger twitch!

    I think not my good bug!…

    If average size was akin to rather stumpy pony…there would be a certain amount of grief before bedtime!
    Not to mention a few rather graphic dreams when actually in bed.

    Dodged a howitzer shell in evolution there methinks.

  7. 7

    It appears to be some kind of beetle.

    (Sorry. That’s what I always say when I see an unfamiliar species of beetle. Then I giggle and pretend I actually said something meaningful.)

  8. 8

    Come at me, bro!

  9. 9

    Awaiting insertion of sub sandwich.

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  11. 11
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    *shakes fist at greame!*

    You beat me to it!

  12. 12

    One of god’s favorites…

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  14. 14

    THat beetle appears to have one two many pairs of appendages. I thought the rule was three pairs of legs, one pair of antennae. What are the “antlers” at the top, anatomically?

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  16. 16

    Totally stuck the landing.

  17. 17
    Gregory Greenwood

    ‘I’ve got the (compound) eye of the beatle!’

    Right there we have the theme music for the next ‘Rocky’ sequel.

    We all know that Stallone will try it, even if he has to be wheeled into the ring in a bath chair…

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    Giacomo Puccini

    Vincero! Vincero! Vincero!

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    Dhorvath, OM

    You are such a tease! Go on, put your finger back, lets see if you are really that fast.

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    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Cool. Stag (beetle) films!


    Five! Five Dollar! Five Dollar Foot Looong!
    (sorry, Girl works at Subway)


    Ladies and gentlemen (and others), this is how a beetle shrugs.

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    Ms. Daisy Cutter, General Manager for the Cleveland Steamers

    Why do I hear the strains of “Thus Spake Zarathustra”…?

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    Markita Lynda, healthcare is a damn right.

    Reminds me of an old science fiction story. The science team builds a device that can pull an object from the distant future. When they retrieve an object, it’s a small statue imbued with “Per ardua ad astra” heroism. The only trouble is…

    It’s a beetle.

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    DAMMIT! You beat me to it!

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    Chris Booth

    PZ: Is this to the same scale as your photo?!? …OMG….

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    Anubis Bloodsin III


    ‘Reminds me of an old science fiction story’

    There was another one that involved the resuscitation of an astronaut from a deep bio-stasis cryogenic hibernation pod…

    When he opened his eyes a million years after closing them…he saw the shadows of the technicians reviving him on the wall…and he knew for sure which species dominated this future Earth.

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    Come on then if you think you are hard enough…

  28. 28

    The zerg are coming for us!

  29. 29

    @11 Dr. Audley & 24 dfl42

    lol Great minds think alike, and so do ours.

  30. 30

    I’ll be back

  31. 31

    @Anubis Bloodsin III #26 – Flash fiction at its finest.

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    KG (#14) – This will clarify it – see http://www.wesleyfleming.com/gallery/stag-beetle.htm for a different perspective – and a really cool sculpture.

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    If you will observe closely Watson, note that this stag beetle is facing away and we are of no interest to it whatsoever.

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    That picture brings a certain music to mind– from 2010: A Space Odyssey (II)…

    Daaa… Daaa.. Daaaaaa…. DAAAAAA DAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

    Bom bom bom bom bom bom…

    Daaa…. Daaaa. Daaaaa. ***DAAAAA DAAAAAAAA***!!!!

    Bom bom bom bom!

    (you get the point!)

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