Intelligent, hive-minded insectoid species are a sci-fi concept that have always interested me. They work excellently in First Contact stories like Ender's Game and Starship Troopers --- their hive mind plays as an interesting contrast with humanity, their swarm tactics can overwhelm humans and make for some cool action scenes where the heroes are in dire straits and have to come up with some unique tactics, and the whole "kill the queen and the soldiers all die" rule makes for a dependable kinda deus ex machina that also ties into the whole "they're so different from us" theme. But the fact that they're so different also lends itself well to the heroes realizing that they're not so different after all trope, as in the final chapters of Ender's Game and its sequels, and in Neil Patrick Harris's "It's afraid!" moment at the end of Starship Troopers even though it's completely lost on the Nazi-analogue characters (Paul Verhoeven is great). I think it's very difficult to do a story with terrifying insects as the villain in the SW galaxy, though, where most insectoid species have been living harmoniously with the rest of the galaxy for thousands of years. The main reason the Killiks were able to sustain a trilogy was that they came from the lawless Unknown Regions and had been cut off from the rest of the galaxy, which rendered them mysterious and dangerous and also explained why they could be so expansionist. I liked them as the villains, even if I was getting pretty sick of words like chitin and thorax by the end of Book Three. Insects fascinate me in the real world, too, and I do wish that the EU would have better-reflected the endless variety of insects that are out there instead of making 99% of them look like Praying Mantises. Although the Assassin Bug did get some love in that the Anzat were clearly inspired by them. What are some of your favourite insectoid species? Are they interesting, or are they an overused trope? Do they work in the SW galaxy, and would they work as a threat in a future story? Do you love ants as much as I do? Have you read the original Starship Troopers novel by Robert Heinlein and can discuss the differences with the movie? Sound off here.