Two close relatives of Maluthorax: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
All species have a crest which have the form the plant they prefer to pollinate. Such extreme cases of adaption are common on Silvanus. The giant forests are full of micro-enviroments and because of the stable climate over a long time extreme forms of co-evolution are possible.
Silvanus frontpage: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
How may such micro-enviroments work?
I give you a example. In the root caves of Mundodendralis borealis live parasitic cuspipodids on the root juice. They only survive because they can digest the juice which is too sour for all of their relatives, they are hunted by specialized feelertongues which are able to navigate in the very narrow tunnels thanks to a thinner, more flexible exo-skeleton (the root caves of other species are mostly wider). Due to the thinner armor they can't survive in other Mundodendralis because they are no longer protected from the jaws of their relatives. The tunnles are also the home of small nocturnal flying pseudoathropods which sleep here during the day. A special fungo-like organism have made a business of this; it forms rod like structures which the pseudoathropods use to hang off. When they fly from rod to rod and from tunnel to tunnel they carry the spores of the organism with them. They also protect the rods from predators like the juveniles of the feelertongues and the shit they produce is a wonderful place for the cuspipodids to place their exouterus.
It's getting harder and harder to come up with original compliments for your works. You're so awesome I've used them all, lol.
I enjoy that you made these look almost leafy, especially on their crests
They look like they got some kind of funny helmet.Cool!
Things on Silvanus just keep getting stranger and stranger.
wouldn't that crest really hinder flying?
These guys have smaller wings relative to their body, though. Or... I think. Can't really tell from this angle
Indeed, but you must remember the lower gravity and that this aniaml has 8 wings. Also it's important to know that the smaller/lighter a flying animal is the smaller it's wings can be. (no condor could fly with humming bird wings (propotional)