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Spawn beetle

Spawn beetles, a type of insect

An insect is a type of lifeform. They have an exoskeleton, a body separated into three sections, and six legs. The study of insects is called entomology.

Some species of insects on Earth were known to hibernate. (ENT: "Hatchery")

Just before being drugged and forced off the USS Enterprise to Delta Vega in 2265, Gary Mitchell – experiencing aftereffects from a disastrous encounter with the galactic barrier – threatened that he would soon squash the Enterprise's crew "like insects." Once Mitchell was imprisoned on Delta Vega, James T. Kirk reminded him of the insect analogy but Mitchell excused his behavior by claiming that he had been drugged at the time. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

When the Crystalline Entity devastated Melona IV in 2368, it left behind no traces of life – no vegetation, no insects, no bacteria. (TNG: "Silicon Avatar")

In 2369 Q remembered Vash about the insect bite on Erabus Prime which could have cost her life if Q was not there to save her. (DS9: "Q-Less")

In 2376, The Doctor gave a lecture on indigenous insects of the Delta Quadrant on the USS Voyager. The Doctor was less than amused when Ensign Farley started snoring. (VOY: "Memorial")


Ants, termites and burrowing insects

Teirenian ant colony

Mezoti's Teirenian ant colony


Beetles on viewscreen

Martian insects


Roy the fly

A common Earth house fly

Fleas, ticks and mites

Sentient insect species


A sentient insectoid.

Foods and recreation

Ferengi beetle, The Nagus

Rom chewing on a Ferengi beetle

In the image of Rom as he is about to chew on the Ferengi beetle, you can see that the producers used a giant water bug for the beetle. Also known as "toe-biters" in the US, these large predatory insects are sold and eaten in Thailand.


The Borg were initially conceived of, by Maurice Hurley, as a race of insects, but were changed to the more budget-friendly cyborgs that went on to become extremely famous.

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