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2012 MO Round 2: Paul Romano vs. LegoLord . . 2012 MocOlympics My esteemed opponent's entry Category: Life Size Object For this category, I decided to make an entomology display, featuring an insect display box, miniature spider display, bottle of ether, preservation container, tools, and more! Enjoy! The insect display box, featuring six different insects. Only 2nd Place at the local Entomologist contest...curses! The front of the box is removable, allowing access inside; the "glass" is really plastic wrap. The stuff nightmares are made of: a Giant Asian Hornet, an insect with enough venom in its sting to cause serious pain and even death. Male Emperor Dragonfly , one of the fastest flyers in the insect world. Males are blue, while females are usually green in color. An Okaworm Moth, a serious menace to oak trees in its larval stage. The Cicada: little size, big noise. They are known for their incredibly long larval stages (up to 17 years). One of the biggest and fiercest ants in the world: Australia’s Bulldog Ant . Its bite and sting cause massive pain. The Rhinoceros Beetle looks fierce, but is in fact quite harmless: it cannot bite or sting. It is a serious crop-pest in some locations, however. Belostomatida aka the Giant Water Beetle is king of the underwater insect-realm, preying on anything that moves with its vicious feet. And yes, folks, this brute is actual size…yikes! In Asia, Giant Water Bugs are considered a delicacy. Yum! A Preservation jar. The jar has two sections: the bottom one contains ether mixed with cotton balls, while the top section is where the insect is placed. Put the insect in, close it up, and watch as your specimen is perfectly preserved…ready for display! An as-yet-unknown beetle grub larva, discovered by yours truly. I’m thinking of naming it Paulius Romanius …no sense in being modest if I discovered it, after all :P Spider display, containing tiny jumping spiders. Spiders, while not insects, are my favorite creepy-crawlies. Whenever I see one, I am reassured that the local mosquito and fly population will not increase unchecked. Display pins, tweezers, prying-tool, Xacto knife, and a pencil…all essential tools for examining and displaying bugs. Finally, the required scale shot. Sorry, folks: I can't show my ravishingly handsome face, as I hear PETA has a large hit out on me :D All my life I've had a fascination for the insect and bug realm. I used to spend hours in my backyard looking for creepy-crawlies to examine; even in my adult life, I have no shame in stooping down to look at an ant battle or relocate a spider that is terrifying my coworkers. So, when I saw the category for this round, I decided to make an insect display set-up. It was a challenging and fun build for me, as I really don't have any experience in making life-size objects out of LEGO. The hardest part was fitting as many details as possible into the insects. While building, I also managed to glean some cool bug facts that I didn't know before. Fun build + educational experience = a win-win for me! By the way, I have never made an actual insect display and I don't intend to; I never try to kill a bug unless I know it's a pest or if it is dangerous...and I would encourage you to follow my lead. Get some bug knowledge in your brain; they're not all out to bite, stab, and sting you, people :P Best of luck to LegoLord (check out his beastly sword!) and as always, may the best MOC win!

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