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Insectoid denotes any creature or object that shares a similar body or traits with common earth insects and arachnids. The term is a combination of "insect" and "-oid" (a suffix denoting similarity). Compare "humanoid".
Insectoids are also hypothetical and fictional extraterrestrial beings which have a similar body with earth insects or arachnids, but may also have anthropomorphic characteristics. They appear in science fiction and ufology.
In technology, insectoid robots such as hexapods have been designed for scientific or military uses. Research continues to miniaturize these robots to be used as flying spies or scouts. Insectoid features may also increase the effectiveness of robots in traversing various terrains.
Examples in popular culture
- Praying Mantis Index Page, UFO*BC