“Two specimens of the carnivorous Hominid insect species that were often mistaken for the angelic entities known as faeries”
Homo Mimus – human mimic. A plethora of insectoid species that – through various similar adaptations in aesthetic and posture, resemble a humanoid form. A variety of Homo mimus dwell within the densely forested areas of the world. They form hives in trees and cavernous systems and are rarely seen by the human eye due to their speed and maneuverability.
Lord Merrylin was fascinated by Homo Mimus and hunted down various specimens over his long life. His first actual encounter with this illusive hominid was the aquatic form, that could grow to the size of an adult male seal. These aggressive animals were the progenitor of the syren myth, and later, in 1910, he procured two specimens of such a beast.
Yet his main interest lay in the faerie myth. At a young age it was faeries that drove him to seek the naturalist roots of species, and along with the discovery of the alabast, cemented his interest in cryptozoology. Upon the death of his father, he finally had the means to follow this endeavor, and set off for the amazon rain forest.
In the summer of 1836, Merrylin discovered his first sub species of Homo Mimus. Homo Mimus Arachnida was spider like in form – two large incisors in its segmented head. It could grow to at least 8 inches in height, and stood on two sets of sturdy back limbs, that differed greatly from the lythe forearms upon its abdomen.
Arachnida also had wings under two sets of chitinous armor.
Although not related directly to the arachnid family, Homo Mimus arachnida could produce silk, which it used to construct the hive nests its dwelt within. The queen is somewhat larger and much more gruesome than the worker specimen Merrylin had successfully caught.
His second specimen was found up stream, in the bay of Tammin, on the Amazon river. In his diary it reads “I sat on the bank of the amazon, a large collection of sand dunes and watched the mating ritual of a bipedal insectoid species i will name “homo mimus erectus” – a bizarre animal, standing on two crab like hind legs, it skitters about the sand unfurling a series of skin folds on its chest, which radiate with pigment patterns. I will catch one later, but for now, this is quite a sight!”
Homo mimus erectus was the second and larger of the two species, and displayed more mammalian qualities to its arachnid cousin. The two skin folds on its chest act as a lure and a spring trap. It will lie on its back in the leaf matter on the forest floor, with the cartilaginous flaps held open. They resemble leaves, and cover a series of open cavities that lead to the creatures stomach. the smell of digesting food is released and acts as bait. once an insect lands on the fleshy pulp of its internal cavity, the folds of skin will clasp together, and the prey will be digested. Not only can it feed like this, but it also has a huge maw and a set of needle like teeth.
The north American Homomimus is an entirely separate species with mammalian evolutionary roots and indeed share a much more similar aesthetic to humans. Merrylin hypothesized that life forms will gravitate towards useful aesthetic composition depending on habitat, diet and co dependent features. Homo Mimus walks upright, and therefor their sensory and aural anatomy suits a humanoid form. The similarities end there.