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->''It was no accident that they looked insectlike to human beings. Though their internal organs were now much more complex and specialized than any insects, and they had evolved an internal skeleton and shed most of the exoskeleton, their physical structure still echoed their ancestors, who could easily have been very much like Earth's ants. "But don't be fooled by that," said Graff. "It's just as meaningful to say that our ancestors could easily have been very much like squirrels."''
-->--''EndersGame''

You've got HumanoidAliens, and you've got StarfishAliens. Somewhere in between are the Insectoid Aliens.

For some reason, authors like to model their aliens -- especially villain aliens -- after Earth bugs.

May or may not be related to a HordeOfAlienLocusts.

Expect this trope to invoke a lot of HiveMind and BeePeople, and a philosophy of WeHaveReserves and AttackAttackAttack. A BugWar will often (although not always) feature opponents that actually look like bugs.

Overlaps with BigCreepyCrawlies, though this trope deals specifically with extraterrestrial bugs.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' introduces Lutecia, [[SummonMagic who has the ability to summon these]]. According to [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]], the giant Jiraiyo beetles come from the mountainous region of an uninhabited planet, while the insectoid {{Kaiju}} Hakutenou is a rare creature from a planet outside [[TheFederation TSAB jurisdiction]].
* The Vajra from ''MacrossFrontier'' can not only survive in space, but are perfectly capable of both [[SubspaceAnsible fold communication]] and [[FasterThanLightTravel fold travel]].
* The Baikins from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'', despite being called "alien germs", are more insect like than anything else. They have antenna (most have only one, some have two), most of the males have mandible-equse teeth structures, and a few of them have tiny fly-like wings that they can buzz around with. Their smaller minions, Kabirunrun, look like vaguely bug-like blobs, having four arms and antenna.
* The members of the Bronze Tribe in ''HeroicAge'' are also insectoid aliens.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Zylons from DCComics' ''ComicBook/StarRaiders'' graphic novel.
* The Antarenes, from ''Superworld Comics'', look like large green ants. They attempted to push the Earth into the sun and replace it with their own planet.
* The hero Bug from ''{{Micronauts}},'' and his race the Insectivorids.
* The "bugs" of [[NewGods New Genesis]] evolved as a result of biological weapons used by Apokolips. They're an intelligent race, though still animalistic in their culture. They're treated with terrible FantasticRacism by the planet's HumanAliens, who regard them literally as vermin (which is highly hypocritical, or at least ignorant, for the inhabitants of a planet that is supposed to very literally represent the side of good). Forager, a new god raised by the bugs, tries to be a bridge between the two peoples.
* Katydid from ''Omega Men.''
* The FantasticFour's enemy Annihilus.
* ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} member Gates.
* The Sectaurs, in Marvel's comic based on the line of [[MerchandiseDriven action figures.]]
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[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* Freakish giant hornets in space attack in ''TimeMasters'', the Rene Laloux / Creator/{{Moebius}} film.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In Doctor Who Fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10348014/1/The-Worm-from-Space "The Worm from Space"]] the last of the Worm Kings, Wurzin, appears. He looks like a 12-legged worm with three eyes.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Prawns from ''Film/{{District 9}}'' are HumanoidAliens with an insectoid slant.
* Edgar [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Bug]], the main villain from the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' film is a twenty foot long cockroach from outer space.
* The titular aliens from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' films aren't strictly insectoid, but they do have biomechanical-looking exoskeletons and an ant-like society.
* The Martians in ''Five Million Years to Earth'' (AKA ''Quatermass and the Pit'') looked like large locusts.
* The villains of ''Film/GodzillaVsGigan'' are cockroaches from space.
* The Geonosians in ''StarWars Episode II: AttackOfTheClones''. The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse offers up many more examples.
* This is what [[spoiler: Kim Jong Il]] from ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' is shown to be at the end of the film.
* The Arachnids from ''Film/StarshipTroopers''. They come in various shapes and sizes too - the common "infantry", so to speak, consists of pretty large (taller than humans, but not by much), four-legged, shrieking horrors, but there are also giant fire-breathing beetles, dragonfly-wasp-fly-like flyers big enough to grab and lift a man from the ground and, best of all, enormous brain-eaters that resemble bloated larvae. They seem to have a hive mind system.
* The aliens in ''Alien Apocalypse'' (2005) are locust-like and feed on trees.
* Mr. Scroop from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''.
* In the Soviet two-part sci-fi film ''MoscowCassiopeia'', Lob is a sci-fi fan and is constantly spouting his expectations of aliens. In his mind, they should look somewhat like dragonflies (he calls them "strekozoids" formed from "strekoza", Russian for "dragonfly" and the "-oid" suffix). Unfortunately, he's WrongGenreSavvy, and the aliens are [[HumanAliens humanoid]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Bugs from ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' is an early example of this trope.
* The Formics from ''EndersGame'' are insectlike with a HiveMind. They are also nicknamed "Buggers".
** Expanded upon in the ''Ender's Game Alive'' audioplay, where Ender explores the Formic-made tunnels on Eros and notes that Formic ship movements sometimes mimic these tunnels, resulting in a EurekaMoment when Ender realizes that this must mean that the queens aren't always in direct control over all the drones, and those that are left "on automatic" go back to their pre-sentience roots and try to "burrow" through space.
* The "Wormface" aliens in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's YA novel ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel''.
* Several races in the StarTrekNovelVerse. Most are highly conservative cultures, and range from the peaceful Nasat, who resemble giant pillbugs and are known for their desire to avoid conflict (see StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers in particular), through the Orishans, to the hostile Cheka, who resemble spiders. There are also Kaferians, Jarada and the wasp-race in the first StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers story.
* The thranx of the HumanxCommonwealth series by Creator/AlanDeanFoster (see the page pic). As the name would imply, humans and thranx are allies.
* The Groaci of ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' are vaguely insectile.
* The Taxxons and (to some extent) the Helmacrons from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
** And the Skrit Na larval state-Ax said it looked like a giant cockroach.
** Also, the Nesk in "In the Time of Dinosaurs".
* The Mi-Go from Creator/HPLovecraft's CthulhuMythos can fit, although in their introductory story "The Whisperer in Darkness", they are more commonly described as crustaceans.
** Also "the insect-philosophers that crawl proudly over the fourth moon of Jupiter" mentioned in ''Beyond the Wall of Sleep''.
* The Miktok in the ''Literature/ConfederationOfValor'' series are {{giant spider}}s that are renowned for the beauty of their art.
* The Tyr, the Saudar, and one slave race in ''Literature/TheMadnessSeason'' are, respectively, ant-like aliens (in habit if not in exact appearance), beetle-like aliens, and spider-like aliens.
* The narrator of ''Literature/TheFlightEngineer'' remarks that the Fibians seem to be tailor-made to push all of humanity's arthropod-related fear buttons. Take the body of a spider and inflate it to five feet tall with males and over ten feet tall with females. Replace the front pair of legs with hands. Add a whiplike stinger to the abdomen.
* The S'krrr in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Swarm''. They even communicate with BugBuzz.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', the Throg are insectile.
* The appropriately-named Insects in Creator/AndreyLivadny's ''TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' look like upright-walking black ants about the size of a human who communicate via [[PsychicPowers telepathy]]. While each Insect is an individual, the Hive "mental field" can be used to remove an Insect's individuality, turning it into a mindless drone for use as cheap workforce or soldiers. Because of this, the Insects have never developed cybernetics and are baffled by human-made cyborgs and HumongousMecha.
* The Shan in RamseyCampbell fiction, first appear in ''The Insects From Shaggai'', a race of small insectoid interstellar refugees who arrived on Earth centuries ago from the planet Shaggai that orbits twin emerald suns.
* The Ferrotophagous in Daniel Garro's ''El niño mariposa'' and ''Mi corazón de metal'' are big metalic insectoid iron-eaters.
* The Locrians in ''Isaac's Universe'', a series of anthologies from several authors inspired by IsaacAsimov.
* The Selenites in HGWells ''FirstMenInTheMoon''.
* The Priest-Kings of ''{{Gor}}''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There's an alien like this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Utopia".
** A different species, resembling humanoid flies appear in "Planet of the Dead".
** The Wirrin from "The Ark In Space" are widely believed to have been an inspiration for the film ''[[{{Film/Alien}} Alien.]]''
** "The Web Planet" was inhabited by two insectoid races, the friendly Monoptera and the sinister Zarbi. The Zarbi are naturally like cattle but are being controlled by EldritchAbomination the Animus.
* One of the Xindi races in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
* A crime lord in the early seasons of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is basically a sentient praying mantis. There are also the Shadows, which basically look like human-sized, black, spiky spider people, and the Gaim (who underneath their environmental suits look like giant ants).
* A number of the less silly aliens from PowerRangers tend towards this, although being played by men in suits, they're usually still bipedal. Most notably are the Barillian Bugs that wiped out most of Andros' homeworld of KO-35 from Series/PowerRangersInSpace. They are TheVirus- get stung by one, and you slowly turn ''into'' one.
* The Worms from ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''.
* The Reetou, from the Franchise/StargateVerse, have an insectoid structure.
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[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-875 SCP-875 ("War Criminals")]]. SCP-875-1 are flying insects that are different from any known Earthly species, indicating that they are from another world. The large creatures in the cryogenic stasis chambers are also insectoid in nature and are presumably from the same source.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In [[BigFinishDoctorWho "The New Eighth Doctor Adventures"]] episodes "Sisters of the Flame" and "Vengeance of Morbius" the Trell appear, who are ten-foot centipedes. They are a peaceful and law-abiding race and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Police Marshal Rosto]] proves helpful to Lucie.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' the Selenites of the introductory adventure.
* One of the races that the Tau are allied with in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe are the insectoid Vespid. The Tyranids are also heavily modeled after Earth insects, having six limbs and chitinous armor (though thankfully, no Earth insect we know of has MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily or CombatTentacles).
* In ''{{Starfire}}'', the enemy aliens-bent-on-genocide during the Fourth Interstellar War are called the Arachnids. I'll give you one guess as to what they look like.
* Thri-keen in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are basically praying mantises the size of humans.
** ''{{Spelljammer}}'' has several: the Xixchil, the K'rrr, the Rastipedes (actually a CanonImmigrant from ''StarFrontiers''), and the evil Neogi.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The late 90s ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Insectoids]]'' line of Lego sets featured a planet populated by various [[BiggerIsBetter giant insect species]] - therefore, the ships of [[HumanAliens the planet's colonists]] all had deliberately bug-like features, as a means of disguise from the local wildlife.
* Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion was a line of action figures with an insectoid theme. They received a [[MarvelComics Marvel comic]] and a FiveEpisodePilot for a TV series.
* The action figure line "Bug-Men of Insecta."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Drudge from ''TheConduit'' and ''{{Conduit 2}}''
* ''YarsRevenge''. They're actually originally Earth insects that became mutated into alien creatures.
* One of the races of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] from the ''{{Halo}}'' games are Drones, or Yanme'e, insectoid flying aliens.
** [[spoiler: The last [[{{Precursors}} Precursor]] ]] has been described as an unholy combination of mammal and insectoid, with special mention going to a fat spider body and legs and jewel-like, compound eyes. [[spoiler: Turns out it's just one of an infinite number of forms they can take, though.]]
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has Antlions, which are (presumably) from Xen. They have a King instead of a queen, for variety.
* The rachni from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Also, from the second game, the Collectors [[spoiler:(formerly Protheans)]].
* VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars: The mantis.
* The SpacePirates from ''{{Metroid}}'' seem to switch between this and humanoid crustaceans but are really more fleshy or scaled creatures that wear insectoid armor.[[spoiler:Metroid Prime also wears insectoid armor it stole from the Pirates but is something entirely different underneath.]] There are plenty of straight examples of course, like the Ki-Hunters and Kanden.
* The Hivers from ''SwordOfTheStars''.
* The [[CommandAndConquer Scrin]]
* The Mandibugs and their leader Bugaboom from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. Averted with the bees, however.
* {{Starcraft}}: Zerg. 'nuff said.
* The Odarites from {{Otherspace}}, ant-wasp things forced into a mafia-like corporate structure from birth.
* Videogame/EarthBound: Buzz Buzz.
* Klackons in the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' games. Tachidi in the third.
* The Mantids from ''VideoGame/{{Turok}} 2''.
* The Nephilim from ''VideoGame/WingCommander'': Prophecy.
* The Mantis from ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' look like, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin human-sized praying mantises]]. Their culture is stated to be aggressive and violent and they get bonuses to combat and movement speed, but halved repair rates.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Grex of the ''SwarmOnTheSomme'' series on AlternateHistoryDotCom.
* The [[AllTrollSareDifferent trolls]] from ''{{Homestuck}}'' look like ordinary humans with [[HornedHumanoid horns]], [[SupernaturalGoldEyes yellow eyes]], and [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation grey skin]], but they are apparently more akin to insects by way of BizarreAlienBiology. They resemble [[UglyCute large grubs with humanoid heads]] when first born, then gradually become more human-like as they grow up, and there's some ExpoSpeak coming from them about internal body parts that would make more sense on an insect.
* The bug aliens in ''Theatre/{{Starship}}''.
* The Nemesites from ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' are a race of ''butterfly'' people, though they frequently use technology to [[VoluntaryShapeShifting disguise themselves as humans.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'', the first alien female [[AnythingThatMoves Dimitri]] scores with is a green insectoid. Unfortunately, Shuar turns out to be a ClingyJealousGirl... and a hitwoman for the GOB. She alternates between pursuing him for the former and latter reasons for most of the comic. Meanwhile, her mother convinces Dimitri to license his grandmother's cookie recipe through her, and becomes wealthy when [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated Russian tea cookies become popular throughout the galaxy]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''Characters/{{Beast Wars}}'' a portion of the antagonist Predacon faction transform into various Arthropods including wasps and spiders (the female forms, ironically despite being apparently male). One former protagonist Maximal, Blackarachnia is also a spider.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' can turn into Stinkfly, Big Chill and [[BeetleMania Eatle]].
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly-named]] Insecticans from ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''.
* The Irkens from ''InvaderZim'' look sort of like a cross between Insectoid Aliens and LittleGreenMen.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''. Zorak was a giant praying mantis, Lokar was a large locust. Each of them had unintelligent insect servants as well (Zorak's mosquitoids in "Zorak", Lokar's metal-eating locusts in "Lokar - King of the Killer Locusts"). Giant ant/spider hybrids appeared in "The Web".
* The more robotic Insecticons in ''WesternAnimation/{{The Transformers}}'' can clone themselves and perform locust like swarms, unlike other Transformers (at least at the time) they can digest organic matter alongside Energon.
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