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Predator & Prey: Aposematism Ignored
My second installment in the Predator & Prey series features two tiny predators the Black Widow Spider or Western Widow spider (Latrodectus Hesperus) and the Common Wasp or Yellow Jacket (Vespula vulgaris) both of which share aposematic coloration and are common to the backyards of the western United States. Aposematism is a strategy used by many species of plants and animals whereby they advertise their presence as a warning to predators of their unpalatable or dangerous nature. Aposematic warnings maybe in the form of sounds, odors, and often in the form of vivid coloration as displayed by our two combatants. Though the adult Yellow Jacket typically feeds on nectar and fruit, they also hunt prey to feed to their larvae and this one has stumbled into the lair of a dangerous adversary. Will the hunter become the hunted? There is a wealth of macro wildlife photos on flickr which I found quite inspiring not to mention my fellow Lego builders who have shouldered the difficult task of emulating arthropods with the brick over the years and recently with the Battlebugs theme.
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  August 3, 2012
Impressive work sir!
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  May 7, 2011
The spider is extremely realistic and rather scary, but your wasp looks just a bit too blocky.
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  May 7, 2011
This is alive! WOW!
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  January 25, 2011
Amazingly delicate and realistic. Wonderful.
Ryan Rubino
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Mandalore The Ultimate
  January 24, 2011
You made the black widow look even more disturbing... Incredible
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  January 4, 2011
Amazing!
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  November 16, 2010
The spines on the wasp's legs are superb! I'll echo those who have already posted that you have such an eye for detail. I also liked the black widow's palps in addition to her fangs.
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  August 20, 2010
must i say how epic this is?
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  May 27, 2010
I must have missed this one. Absolutely dreadful (in the good, scary kind of way)! One of the best of the year for sure.
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  May 27, 2010
I love this predator and prey theme it's a great theme to build to. This is another masterpiece I can't wait to see what you do next.
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  April 29, 2010
You continue to impress my with your fine builds von Rammy. The scene is very well captured here, and the spider actually looks like its stalking the "just caught" wasp. Lines are incredibly smooth, and the models are very realistic. They keep getting better and better! I hope to help critique with the next installment soon! :)
Ryan Rubino
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Dave and John Xandegar
  April 28, 2010
Hey Ryan! Not only a FANTASTIC build, but educational as well! Saw it on Brothers Brick yesterday, and fell in love with it. Ironic you should comment on one of ours while we were waiting for this one! (thanks, by the way) We thought we commented on the "Leviathans" when you posted it, but we must have let it slip...apologies. Once again- a very artistic effort, showing a lot of ability and resourcefulness in the build. Superb!!
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  April 28, 2010
Nice, nice, nice. There's nothing i could add to former comments.
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  April 28, 2010
I'm still in denial that these things are made of LEGO... I stand in awe.
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  April 28, 2010
Get em off! Get em off! GET THEM OFF ME! Yeah, consider your creepy quota met for the year sir! ~ Chris.
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  April 28, 2010
These things creep me out! The widow makes my skin crawl. The underside of the cephlathorax is a study in black shiny creepyness. Now make a scorpion and a grasshopper! Attack!
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  April 28, 2010
What Bones said. I love the detail, it's simply astounding...
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  April 28, 2010
What Bones said. I love the detail, it's simply astounding...
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  April 28, 2010
Very impressive attention to detail.
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  April 28, 2010
*speechless*
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  April 28, 2010
Awesome, wow, I heard the poisen of the black widow causes dead in 8 houres (or was it less ? it's exaggerated anyway I think) This is brilliant, I like how the spider hangs upside down in the net, btw, you even did the spider web right, the widow doesn't have the typical web, you have really taken good care of this moc, you did a wonderful job here
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  April 28, 2010
Brilliant!
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  April 28, 2010
You captured the shapes in and excellent way and brought something really small to something big and interesting. Amazing work!
 
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