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Tailless Whip Scorpion


Origami Tailless Whip Scorpion

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

Design date:  June, 2011

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Tailless Whip Scorpion Base

Design Reference:

Real Tailless Whip Scorpion


I have folded a whip scorpion before, inspired by Bear Grylls eating one on Man vs. Wild but, after seeing that episode again, it was obvious that he did not eat the variety I had designed.  Instead, it was the "tailless" whip scorpion that he had consumed - a much nastier looking critter, and much more challenging to design and fold. It was difficult to find pictures that clearly showed all features of this arachnid, and they seemed to show wide variations in the length and thickness of the pedipalps, as well as the size and number of the spikes. It didn't help that these things seem to prefer keeping their pedipalps folded up while at rest. I don't know if the claws on mine are completely accurate, but I think I captured the look well - this was the most challenging part, and the reason I discarded two versions before the one in the photograph. I was unwilling to accept claws that looked clumsy and goofy instead of wicked and vicious.