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sand tiger and baby terror bird by Psithyrus sand tiger and baby terror bird by Psithyrus
A cute little thanksgiving day picture for my folks. This paleo fantasy scene shows a sand tiger (tiger beetle larva) in his burrow offering some nuts to a Phorusrhacos chick (baby terror bird). He's not so terrible though:). The picture was originally a pencil drawing, which I will upload to my scrapbook; color was added using photoshop CS. Hope you like these two cute goofy pals.

Thanks :)

Blair
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pokemonlover9999 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I thought those little sand bugs were antlion (not from half life) larvae
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Hi,
That's the problem with common names for insects. We here in Mississippi call antlion larvae "doodlebugs" and tiger beetle larvae "sand tigers", They are from different insect Orders (antlions are Neuroptera, and tiger beetles are Coleoptera), but they have identical ecological roles. Larvae of both insect groups are voracious ambush predators that lay-in-wait for prey to stumble past their earthen burrows.  Tiger beetle larvae are just the most monstorous looking critters when viewed up close. I made the larva as cute as I could in this picture. Thanks for the question and all the best,

Blair
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QuorraBrittany28 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks adorable I want one as a pet! :icondragonwant:
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute!!
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Craig-Larsen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This work has been featured here [link]
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
And to believe that it would grow up to be one of the most dangerous predators that ever lived.

But then though, it seems every predator that people consider awesome start out cute.
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I love your general style and every critter you portray, but this caught me because of the tiger beetle larva! You don't see those drawn every day, and I believe it's the first portrayal I've come across on here.
My favourite insects often happen to be the carnivorous, hunting kind, or the con artists. Tiger beetles look pretty and fearsome at the same time, and their young are oddly fascinating to me. A mix between ugly, different and powerful. And it's even more fascinating that the tiger beetle larva is hunted itself- by a slim, specialized wasp, or rather; her offspring.

You give an adorable charm to anything in existence- from dinosaurs to ticks! :)
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NorbertKocsis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh very nice! :)
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Wordeea Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i can "feel" his little feathers. so much details and character!
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CaptainDashund Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i love the cute derpy eye X3
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