I, for one, do NOT welcome our arachnid overlords!
I really don't know what the hell this is. Honestly. I'm wishin', and hopin', and prayin', in my naive, small town gal kind of way, that it's just some Photoshop project that escaped from Fark. But I'm more than content to believe it's a candid shot of a dragonfly sodomizing a wolf spider -- partly because that would give Rick (Man on Dog) Santorum a fresh new mésalliance to fear, but particularly because the alternative is a world in which the rain not only brings earthworms out of the lawn, but aerodynamic tarantulas divebombing out of the sky!
Anyway...What do you guys think?
Where did you get the image?
I guess those wings are from a Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa.
The spider probably is a wolf spider.
Now how did the wings get there:
2) glued on,
or 3) I, FOR ONE, WELCOME OUR INSECT-ARACHNID OVERLORDS!!!
I think the end is near.
Spiders do eat dragonflies. Maybe a dragonfly is returning the favor. I'm thinking 69.
First of all, a spider hanging onto a wet glass window? Doubtful. Next, if it's raining, how come there aren't raindrops clinging to his little setae? Also, isn't Libellula that leotard manufacturer? Lastly, how the hell does thunder know about Libellula?
Oh, and thanks for getting off the cat butt kick.
Certainly not from Toho Studios.
Hee. This would really freak Mizzus Marxist out: she's a major arachnophobe. (And likes dragonflies.)
Those wings were borrowed from a Widow Skimmer, for sure. I see a lot of them, when we visit our relatives during the summer in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes -- and a gazillion skeeters.
It looks pretty fearsome, but it's surprising this hybrid made it to adulthood. That's a tarantula head, with (presumably) tarantula eyes, which are pretty useless for flying. Flying accurately, that is. I imagine most anything that can move will do their best to get out of its way -- I sure would! -- but if the bound-to-be haphazard cross-wiring of instinctive behaviors in this hellish amalgamation prompts it to try to zoom around like a dragonfly, it won't be long before it bashes its tiny brains out on something.
I am comforted by the thought that, what with their erratic mobility, low intelligence and constant blunders, plus that "leaving only a shriveled husk of their victims" thing, they probably won't seem all that different from our current overlords.
They surely couldn't be any worse.
Dammit, you're right! Okay, that settles it: this year I'm voting the straight Widow Skimmerantulafly ticket.
Scott, is that in the Libertarian column? Or are they Independents? Or are we gonna have to write them in?
Just as a graphical side note, it wouldn't be a particularly difficult Photoshop.
And on a natural history side note, dragonflies are every bit the fearsome predators that spiders are. Don't let those iridescent colors and airy-fairy wings fool ya.
Ah, I know what this is. It's the elusive Sami reindeer tick, the mainstay diet of the Norwegian Blue parrot.
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