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Queen Coxa by ChocolateDemon18 Queen Coxa by ChocolateDemon18
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This changeling may seem odd in looks, but this is simply based around my head cannon of the changelings not being a singular unit under Queen Chrysalis. I have the belief that like in our world there isnt just one bee hive, or one ant colony, and that there are a variety of types of ants and bees alike. Cox a is a Taranling, meaning that she is of a different stand of changeling, her kind being larger than the normal changelings seen in MLP, their body build is comparable to that of a shire horse.
Now lets get down to the species and its details as my post comes, this one is concerning queens and kings.
~Diet~
Taranlings eat  differently than changelings, yes they can simply absorb love, but he natural way that they feed is through hunting, forming a bond with someone whilst in disguise, they then will trap them either in webbing or underground  so they can puncture prey with their fangs as to draw out love more effectively, directly from their system
~Queens and Kings from start to finish~
The queen of this breed of changeling is different in many ways, so i will start from the egg stage and work in my description. A queen Taranling will attach one out of all the eggs she lays to her thorax on the underside for safe keeping, this egg will be chosen by the queen at random. After being attached the egg will absorb pheromones that are expelled from the current queen, this will cause changes in the egg, these include changes in size and color as well as appearance, what was once a round white egg about the size of an apple will rapidly grow to an egg the size of a large watermelon of any color with thin spines on the side that faces away from the queens thorax, these changes are of course to give the heir time to grow within to the proper size for a royal hatchling, as well as make its coloration different from its parent as to discern them from their parent in adulthood.
~Starling stage~
Upon hatching a young taranling heir will keep in close proximity to the queen, seeing as if it entered the nursery the other hatchlings would attack it, the reason behind attacking is that the victorious hatchling would then be able to absorb the royal pheromones and take the place of the current heir, though because of size comparison it seems unlikely that the heir would loose, they are larger and in turn slower than their siblings. Upon hatching they will take to the top of the mothers thorax, choosing this as an optimum spot where they can continue to receive pheromones as well as absorb any love that the queen may feed upon, as well as possibly bond with the queen.
~first molt~
At this point they are about the size of a filly, whereas those who are not an heir happen to be the size of a normal foal, at this point they start to show their personality, some heirs are kicked out of the hives at this point, based on the bond formed, if they often dig themselves a burrow and form bonds with animals as a method of feeding till they can hunt ponies, or changelings on their own.
~Second molt~
At this point young heirs that have yet to be evicted are being trained to rule by the various members of the hive through watching their actions, this is why many heirs will base a new hive like their parents, they are also nearing their final days before being made to leave in most cases.
~Third molt~ Now is when those who have stayed the longest either leave, take over, or submit till they inherit the hive, the fight between heir and queen is often deadly, even ending in death in some cases if not loosing limbs, though even if limbs are lost they can use the extra legs under the wings as a sort of help when it comes to movement.
~Final molt, fully grown~
This is when they have finally reached adulthood, they are now either submissive to their parent, or building their own hives. the thing is that actually having a hive for this kind is rare, the queens of their kind actually are mainly solitary, though they will take over other hives with brute force, especially considering queens are more likely to fight each other one on one for the rule over a hive as not to look weak.
The reason that they dont build hives often, is the egg number they lay, unlike other changelings, they only have at most three chances to lay an heir, and a fairly limited number of eggs for workers and other subordinates, they need an existing hive to even be able to produce subordinates or their body wont allow it, so lone queens only produce heirs, and the queens that manage to get hives can produce subordinates and heirs.
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