Musca (Australis) the Southern Fly Musca Borealis (the northern fly), Vespa (the wasp), Apis (the bee) obsolete constellations in what is now Aries the Ram (Staal p. 246,248) Cancer the Crab legend linking the crab, Hercules and the Hydra (Staal p. 145) in ancient Egypt, this constellation was Scarabaeus, the Scarab Beetle (Staal p. 145) Scorpius the Scorpion legend linking with Orion (Staal p. 219) Sagittarius the Archer legend linking with Scorpius (Staal p. 212) in some representations, body has scorpion/insect features incorporated (Krupp p. 137)
Praesepe, or the Beehive Cluster, in the constellation of Cancer the Crab Crab Nebula in the constellation of Taurus the Bull Tarantula Nebula in Large Magellanic Cloud cocoon stars spider silk was used for crosshairs in optical instruments including telescopes early makers apparently used radial threads from orb webs later, finer threads were obtained directly off the spinnerets (ref - Spider Superstitions and Folklore by W.S. Briscowe Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences vol 36, 53, 1945) spider/spider mount as the holder of the secondary mirror in reflecting telescopes facetted mirror design of adaptive optics and new technology telescopes has a honeycomb pattern
Spider Woman creation stories of Native Americans of Southwest scarab beetle as symbol for Kephra in Egyptian religion symbolism of rolling of dung and rolling sun across sky symbolism of being reborn every day
the astronomer Lalande was apparently fond of eating spiders (ref - Latreille as quoted in Spider Superstitions and Folklore by W.S. Briscowe Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences vol 36, 53, 1945) Nacza Spider figure Harlow Shapley was an amateur myrmecologist (i.e. someone who studies ants). He was the one who found the winged California harvesters as he walked to and from an observatory. Preliminary Report on pterergates in Pogonomyrmex californicus Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 6 (12) pg 687-90, 1920 Notes on pterergates in the California harvester ant Psyche 27 (4) pg 72-74, 1920 (ref - The World of the Harvester Ants by S.W. Taber, c 1998, Texas A & M Univ. Press
New Guinea Indians - how the stars (illustrated as starfish) got into spaceRon Lyons CASS, UCSD 0424, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92093-0424
Cultural Entomology (Insects) anyone?
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