It’s been a while since I’ve posted a good taxonomy/morphology fail. This one’s got a little of both.
A friend gave me this wonderful little booklet of temporary “insect tattoos” a few months back, and my fellow entomology graduate students and I had a lot of fun picking out which tattoo best suited each of us.
As you can see from the cover, this collection played fast and loose with the definition of “insect.” (Wait, scorpions are insects, right?)
My personal favorite was the tarantula. At least, I’m assuming that’s what it was. You can see the artist has made the common mistake of counting the pedipalps (essentially a leggy sort of mouthpart) as a pair of legs. This would-be arachnid has, not eight, but six legs. It seemed appropriate.
As an alternative theory, perhaps they were trying a little too hard to fit the spider into the “insect tattoo” classification.