Some wood boring wasps (Megarhyssa atrata, Tremex columba, Megarhyssa macrurus, Dolichomitus imperator, Sirex sp. Urocerus gigas) made out of Cardstock. I drew them, coloured them in, then cut them out with an exacto knife, and stuck them to my insect frames to make it look like as if they were ovipositing into them.
What a fantastic idea!
I see that commenter shares my proficiency in math.
Throwback. Just a bunch of older sketches that I found in files in the living room computer.
The pothead wasp is a 4/20 joke. LOL
What a great set of sketches! I especially love the happy velvet ant, the adorable phasmids, and the vespid taunting the robberfly.
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Seeing addicted2wasps’s myriad sketches of cartoon wasps inspired me to finally try uploading some of my own art to tumblr. I hadn’t uploaded images before because I wasn’t sure how the image upload process on Tumblr worked, and didn’t want to make of a fool of myself by uploading a broken image.
This is a tiny parasitoid wasp (in the paraphyletic group “Parasitica,” though mostly based on the family Eulophidae) who is also a ninja. I drew this as part of an in-joke filled T-shirt design for members of the insect sorting/ID lab where I interned in 2012. Parasitica wasps were one of the most infamous groups of insects we worked with, because we picked insects out of hundreds of frozen sweepnet samples and were expected to find and extract every single arthropod aside from springtails and thrips. Our work would be quality-checked to verify that we did not miss insects. The minuscule Parasitica were notorious for fouling up what would otherwise be perfect quality checks, because they have a knack for being very well hidden and very hard to spot. These are frozen specimens, so it’s not like they were actively fleeing, but rather, they would often be tucked between tiny flower petals or stuck to plant stems or tangled up in a larger insect’s legs or broken into pieces. The fool’s errand of finding them all is how they came to be regarded as ninjas.
Basically how I feel when people draw insects with humanoid features….too humanoid, e.g. hands, feet, nose, stupid, grin, or just simply too simplistic and lame. Ok. I get it. Insects have a more complex morphology but that doesn’t mean you can’t draw them accurately (or close to) and give them expressions. I like to keep my insect characters cartoony but not so ridiculous that it takes away from what they are supposed to look like.
And to add insult to injury, they usually make the overly-human-looking worker ants/wasps/bees male, implying that they either couldn’t be bothered to spend 30 seconds researching their subject, or the thought of an all-female insect society makes them so uncomfortable that they felt the need to use “artistic license” to replace the females with males.
Chase No Face lost her nose and eyelids in an accident she endured as a kitten. Today she is healed and, according to ten different veterinarians, not in pain. She lives with a loving family in Kentucky, and her humans post silly pictures and videos of her on the internet. In this video she’s sneezing, and in this video she is seen running a purr motor on the dishwasher.
Her facebook page has over 42,000 fans and cat lovers donate to pay for her meds on the Chase No Face blog. She writes via her human proxies “I’m a happy kitty and hope to help humans feel just as great about themselves and realize that not everyone looks perfect and that is ok! =^..^=”