Terragen invertebrate of the phylum Arthropoda, characterized by six legs, chewing mouth-parts, one pair of antennae, and trachea for breathing.

Insects are generally small to tiny, and form an integral part of terrestrial ecosystems. There were estimated to be some 10 million insect species prior to the terrible ecological destruction of the Industrial, Atomic, and Information Ages. Of those, less than 10% survived. Many were lost to science (living in isolated rainforest environments) and have never been persuasively lazurogened. There are believed to be some 200 million species of insects now throughout the galaxy, which descended from the surviving species. Some have evolved spontaneously through genetic drift in isolated habitats and Terragen biospheres throughout galaxy, but most have been deliberately or accidentally geneered. Perhaps several thousand insect species have been successfully provolved. The most important are the Vedokiklek, but there are also many other insect clades active in the life of the galaxy today.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 10 November 2001.