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Whip Scorpion


Origami Whip Scorpion

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue paper treated with methyl cellulose.

Design date:  February, 2009

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Whip Scorpion Base

Design Reference:

Real Whip Scorpion


This is the second of my designs which was inspired by something Bear Grylls ate on Man vs. Wild (or the third if you count both of my Camel Spider designs).  While the Whip Scorpion is an arachnid with eight legs, the fore-most pair is more antennae-like in function, and only three pairs of legs are used for locomotion.  I originally thought that this would be an easy alteration of my second Camel Spider design, but the interaction of the claws and spikes on the pedipalps with the main central flap that creates the body resulted in some subtle layering problems that proved a challenge.  I discarded two failed designs before completing this one.