Walking Stick (Phasmatidae)
As an Environmental Scientist, this was one of the hardes bugs I ever found... Not this one literally, but you know what I mean. There seems to be no hunting for these... you just stumble across them. :)
(Phylliidae, Anisoptera, Pieris)
Praying Mantis (Mantidae)
The praying mantis was one of the first and most iconic bugs we wanted to include in our creation for the MOCathalon. Deriving inspiration from people like Dr. Mobius, and others we had lots of fun creating this beautiful bug in bricks.
Purple Flora Butterfly (Nymphalidae)
Inspiration for this butterfly was taken from Rook. We decided to change the body and wings slightly, but he developed the great whip technique
Black Wolf Spider (Lycosidae)
Did you know the average human swallows 8 spiders a year in their sleep? Yeah wolf spiders invade our house... they are creepy and we dont like them. :P
Black Millipede (Diplopoda)
Throw in a hand for scale :)
Hornets!! Eeeee... these always end up more scary than when you first start building them. Also check out our even larger hornets riders for a more fantasy approach.
Burying Beetle (Silphidae)
This burying beetle uses various pieces, including bionicle for the abdomen, and lego polybags for the folded wings.
Lots of inspiration was taken from various builders as battle bugs and lego insects have often been explored. I tried to tag a few key people in the evolution and inspiration of our lego bugs Doctor Mobius, Lino M, ROOK, and Sir Nadroj. Thanks so much for paving the way! If you are a Lego bug fan, take some time to check out their photostreams!
Wow! I made something similar to this back in the MOColympics, but this just blows my creation out of the water! I love the detail and extra info on all the bugs. Unlike most people here, I happen to love bugs; a bug is only scary if you don't know anything about it :) Terrific job overall!
As an entomologist I have to say 'most excellent!!' These are really well done. Be careful, there are so many insects out there that would make great builds...you may be on to something here. Well done!
Absolutely incredible! That is just.....so.....absolutely amazing! Wow wow wow! This has GOT to be one of my top favorite things to look at! DON't take these guys apart! At least, don't destroy them without taking note somewhere on how to build them again, these are absolutely fantastic!
Normally I don't speak of scores (not being a judge) but if this creation(s) gets anything less than a 5 there just might be a riot. Such expression and skill exhibited in each creation it's stunning. I especially love the pose you have captured with the centipede!
These are freakin perfect!!! Absolutely stunning work. The mantis has to be one of my favorite bugs in general, kinda fun to watch because they watch back (wonder what they are thinking). You nailed it. Beautiful and elegant!
Great work! I'm an Entomologist so I study bugs and it's great to see such a lifelike MOC scaled perfectly includidng the latin names! Best of luck in the competition.(Nice use of bionicle pieces by the way.)