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why i actually came to fargo
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Mantids may have a visual range of up to 20 metres. Their compound eyes may comprise up to 10,000 ommatidia. The eyes are widely spaced and laterally situated, affording a wide binocular field of vision) and, at close range, precise stereoscopic vision. The dark spot on each eye is a pseudopupil. As their hunting relies heavily on vision, mantids are primarily diurnal. Many species will however fly at night, and then may be attracted to artificial lights. Nocturnal flight is especially important to males in search of less-mobile females that they locate by detecting their pheromones. Flying at night exposes mantids to fewer bird predators than diurnal flight would. Many mantises also have an auditory thoracic organ that helps them to avoid bats by detecting their echolocation and responding evasively.

Mantids can be loosely categorized as being macropterous (long-winged), brachypterous (short-winged), micropterous (vestigial-winged), or apterous (wingless). If not wingless, a mantis will have two sets of wings: the outer wings, or tegmina, are usually narrow, opaque, and leathery. They function as camouflage and as a shield for the hind wings. The hind wings are much broader, more delicate, and transparent. They are the main organs of flight, if any. Brachypterous species are at most minimally capable of flight, other species not at all. Even in many macropterous species the female is much heavier than the male, has much shorter wings, and rarely takes flight if she is capable of it at all.

The abdomen of all mantises consist of ten tergites with a corresponding set of nine sternites visible in males and seven visible in females. The slim abdomen of most males allows them to take flight more easily while the thicker abdomen of the females houses the reproductive machinery for generating the ootheca. The abdomen of both sexes ends in a pair of cerci.

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A water stick-insect eating water strider

Ranatra is a genus of generally slender predatory members of the family Nepidae, known as water stick-insects or waterscorpions. Their front legs are strong and are used to grasp prey. They breathe through a pair of long breathing pipes extending from their tails. They eat tadpoles, small fish and other insects, which they pierce with their beak and inject a saliva which both sedates and begins to digest their prey. They overwinter as adults, and lay eggs in spring. The females lay eggs in vegetation. The eggs take typically two to four weeks to hatch, and the young take about two months to mature. When full grown they are 4-5 in.

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Taken in Kubah National Park, Sarawak

Caterpillars are the larval form of a member of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). They are mostly herbivorous in food habit, with some species being insectivorous. Caterpillars are voracious feeders and many of them are considered pests in agriculture. Many moth species are better known in their caterpillar stages because of the damage they cause to fruits and other agricultural produce.
Caterpillars grow through a series of moults; each intermediate stage is called an instar. The last moult takes them into the inactive pupal or chrysalis stage.
Like all insects, caterpillars breathe through a series of small openings along the sides of their thorax and abdomen called spiracles. These branch into the body cavity into a network of tracheae. A few caterpillars of the family Pyralidae are aquatic and have gills that let them breathe underwater.
Caterpillars have about 4,000 muscles (compared to humans, with 629). The average caterpillar has 248 muscles in the head segment alone.
Caterpillars do not have good vision. They have a series of six tiny eyelets or 'stemmata' on each side of the lower portion of their head. These can probably form well focused, but poorly resolved images. They move their heads from side to side probably as a means of judging distance of objects, particularly plants. They rely on their short antennae to help them locate food.

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Finally my super heavy rubber set is online on arianesaintamour.xxx with about 153 crazy and pretty wild pictures.A special thanks to Polymorphe and Xander SStar for making me the outfit. I think I like looks a bit over the top, what do you think?
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No gym this week, still sexy?
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Hummm blueberries! Who doesn't love perfectly sweets blueberries? Okay, now let's be a bit more serious, there's 95 new photos on my website and there is another surprise I'll add this week! Merry Christmas my adorable followers!

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Amie Lynn and Paris being adorable together.
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Another adventure with Met-Art beauty Bonnie Apricot in a motel off the I-35 in Austin, Texas... No strobes, just using the light in the room... Crank that ISO!

Full size download is 2336 x 3504 pixels
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One final peek of Beverly Zoey's AWESOME Fuji set. The entire 20 pic set is available as an affordable digital download!!!
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A sad looking face behind a waterfall in universal studios.
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Alternate angle of the previous submission [link] , Couldn't decide which was I liked best so I'll let you see both.

Kaiyodo ATM-09-ST Red Shoulder Custom SCOPEDOG (Damage Type) from Votoms.

Added some artificial noise and some smoke effect brushes by influx675.
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Another shot from the Ulster GP in Dundrod.

Pictured is dave Hewson of david Hewson Ltd on the 1000 Kawasaki.
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The beautiful keighlin :) Like my page if you get a chance! www.facebook.com/EnigmaFotos?r…
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Have a great day ;)

lighting: natural
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Hope you're having a great hump day! Like my page if you get a chance! www.facebook.com/EnigmaFotos
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Water Lily
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Decided to play around with photoshop. This is the result. Original picture taken at the Rose show at the South Coast Botanical Gardens.
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Water Lily
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I made a video last night, giving out the most important advice to any cosplayer: Practicing your Google Fu.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9B-pW…

If you want to cosplay, you have to commit to doing research. For hours. Days. Weeks! The internet is full of answers to your questions, there are tutorials on how to make XYZ, youtube videos teaching you new skills, experienced cosplayers tallking in detail about how they made their costumes, where to get the best materials... The information you need is out there and if you practice your Google Fu, you will learn how to make costumes.
There are no shortcuts, you have to do your research. And enjoy that process. Be curious and inquisitive and adventurous! Have fun learning! Then put your knowledge to the test and make a costume. It's an incredibly rewarding and fun thing, and if you are a Google Fu master, half of your costume work is already done!!

Practice that Google Fu.

Photo shot by Benny Lee Photography: www.facebook.com/BennyLeePhoto…
Character: Art Nouveau Chun Li cosplay (designed by :iconrazvan-sedekiah:),
Costume made and modeled by me
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Character: Dark Elf - Lineage II (Based on this artwork
Photography by Ljinto
Costume made & modeled by Yaya
Makeup by Yaya

Construction notes:
Thanks, Ljinto, for these great photos showing the costume in it's full!
I have had this costume planned for a few years - and been collecting the fabrics and materials for about 2 or 3 years now. I remember just stashing the gold quilted silk taffeta for years waiting to use it on this project.
Often the reason I wait for years to finally make a costume is either time, an appropriate con to wear the costume to, or a technique I need to still master.
Finally for Dragoncon 2012 I asked Riddle to make elf costumes with me - I would make this Dark Elf and she would make a regular Elf and we would help each other with portions of the costumes that were our expertise.
I sewed for about 3 days on Riddle's elf costume since I was a fast seamstress, and she made molds for my torso pieces while I was at a convention in Singapore.

I started sketching the designs on the torso and refining them into lineart, then transferring them onto foam. I made the top. thigh highs and sleeves between working on the scale maille for a few days. I got the supplies from The Ring Lord, and learned the technique by watching youtube videos and cursing a lot. And messing up. I really loved learning a new technique for this costume though!
During my trip to Singapore I took the scale maille with me to continue working on it. Riddle molded the filigree pieces for the torso, and cast a pair of shoulder armor which I designed and prototyped. Sadly the shoulders were too rigid and heavy and I decided to not use them since I wanted to be able to move my arms. I made entirely new lightweight shoulder pieces with wondeflex and foam, and used the same technique to make the elbow guards and ankle guards. It took a good day to make and paint those pieces. I did a lot of hand sewing on the sleeves and gold top, attaching ornate trim onto it and also sewing the finished scale maille sleeves onto the fabric.
The wig was sponsored by Epic Cosplay and I used a hair razor to cut it.
The elf ears were from my line of cosplay accessories and I dyed them grey to match my skintone.
The filigree designs were made of urethane rubber and I attached them to a corset I already owed with special glue made just for urethane.
I spent the two days leading up to Dragoncon finishing up this costume, making sure to create all the details such as the leather briefs, chain adornments, hair accessory, embroidered leg details, attaching all the armor pieces etc.
I used Mehron cream based makeup for the grey skintone, and Final Seal to seal it.

All in all I took on this costume in too short of a time lol. Riddle sadly didn't finish her Elf, and I really had to push to finish mine. For future wear I want to tweak some things on this for sure but it was nice to get super obsessed with a costume project and pull all nighters to finish it. Creativity achieved!
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A fantastic portrait shot of Fiora thanks to Brian.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful country of Romania, as a Guest of East European Comic Con, and during my stay there, our hosts Shjinu and Gabi took us on a castle visit for an epic cosplay photoshoot!
The weather was perfect, the setting was divine, and I'm just so grateful for the chance to dress up as my favorite LoL Champion on a real Medieval castle ground. 

Costume: Fiora - Nightraven skin - League of Legends

Made/modeled by Yaya Han
Photographed by Brian Boling www.flickr.com/brianboling

Couple of facts about this costume:

This is my full armor set & sword for Fiora - League of Legends. Made out of Worbla (sword made out of wood, hilt made of Worbla). This took over 4 weeks of learning a new technique and using a new material -it was a good and agonizing experience lol

- I made it myself, which was a bitch. But I loved the process too! The material for the armor is Worbla, a Thermoplastic from Europe. The paint used is acrylics brush on over a spray painted base color.
Worbla is available for purchase in the Americas here!

- In the Nightraven skin, Fiora actually does not have the red streak in her hair. Yes, I am wearing red contacts.

- No, I'm not tall enough to be an accurate Fiora. But I chose this costume for the grace and dignity of the character mixed with the dark cool armor design. My motto is that anyone can cosplay whoever they want. This is a hobbyist community :)

- I thought about distressing this armor but Fiora is actually very prim and proper as a Duelist! She would not allow her armor to be dirty and dinged up :)

- Although I have worn this costume already, it's still not entirely finished. There are some things I want to add to the bodysuit underneath.

I learned how to use Worbla through Kamui Cosplay. Her video tutorials are here: www.youtube.com/user/Mogrymill…

And here: www.kamuicosplay.com/tutorials
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One pic a day until 25th arrives :)
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In party Mood ?
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Medium tank T-34/85
Kommandoverband "Jaguar", 1944/1945

At the end of 1944 a special unit "Jaguar" was created, initially acting in the region of Krakow and had tasks the similar to tasks of 150 brigade used in the Ardennes.

Staff of this unit is unknown, but in its composition there was the so - called medium company, equipped with tanks T-34/76 and T-34/85. Unit receive their tanks from tank repair plant in Braunsberg (East Prussia, about 62 km from Koenigsberg, now is Kaliningrad, Russia). In this detachment was the Russian soldiers who were come over to the Germany side, and the German soldiers well knowing russian language.

In autumn of 1944 the personal has passed special training, according Red Army drill, charters and manuals, in area of small town Lamsdorf (Lamsdorf) in the Silesia (now Lambinowice, a southwest of Poland). Also in this city there was a camp war prisoners Stalag 344 (Stalag VIII-B), it is probable from among prisoners of this camp there was completiong of detachment.

At the end of 1944 Kommandoverband was moved in the composition of army group "South" and in the composition 6 TA SS participated in combat in the territory of Hungary during January 1945. During operation on 22 December 1944 to the west of the city of Sekeshfehervar, germans name of this city Stuhlweissenburg, the fighting group had in structure a 3 tanks T-34/85 and 37 mans (12 Germans, 18 Russian and 7 Hungarians) operated during 6 hours in territory occupied with the Soviet Army, and not uncovered..According with germans officers and soldiers memoires this unit had up to 14 tanks, including IS-2 heavy tank.

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)
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Medium tank T-34/85
Kommandoverband "Jaguar", 1944/1945

At the end of 1944 a special unit "Jaguar" was created, initially acting in the region of Krakow and had tasks the similar to tasks of 150 brigade used in the Ardennes.

Staff of this unit is unknown, but in its composition there was the so - called medium company, equipped with tanks T-34/76 and T-34/85. Unit receive their tanks from tank repair plant in Braunsberg (East Prussia, about 62 km from Koenigsberg, now is Kaliningrad, Russia). In this detachment was the Russian soldiers who were come over to the Germany side, and the German soldiers well knowing russian language.

In autumn of 1944 the personal has passed special training, according Red Army drill, charters and manuals, in area of small town Lamsdorf (Lamsdorf) in the Silesia (now Lambinowice, a southwest of Poland). Also in this city there was a camp war prisoners Stalag 344 (Stalag VIII-B), it is probable from among prisoners of this camp there was completiong of detachment.

At the end of 1944 Kommandoverband was moved in the composition of army group "South" and in the composition 6 TA SS participated in combat in the territory of Hungary during January 1945. During operation on 22 December 1944 to the west of the city of Sekeshfehervar, germans name of this city Stuhlweissenburg, the fighting group had in structure a 3 tanks T-34/85 and 37 mans (12 Germans, 18 Russian and 7 Hungarians) operated during 6 hours in territory occupied with the Soviet Army, and not uncovered..According with germans officers and soldiers memoires this unit had up to 14 tanks, including IS-2 heavy tank.

(Picture from Waffen Arsenal SB35 "Gepanzerte Rariteten auf radern und ketten bis 1945" Wolfgang Fleischer)
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Cuban BMP-1 "SPG" with Howitzer Gun 122mm D-30
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