insectoidal adj.

= insectoid adj.


  • 1956 ‘R. Randall’ Promised Land in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 29/2 page image Robert Silverberg Randall Garrett bibliography

    The Mountains of the Morning were barren—devoid of all life except lichen and small insectoidal creatures.

  • 1957 P. Anderson Life Cycle in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July 54/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    I studied the biochemistry of Mercurian life. I worked out the life cycle of a few plants and one insectoidal form.

  • 1963 M. Girsdansky Science & Science Fiction: Who Borrows What? in Worlds of Toomorrow Dec. 63/1 page image Michael Girsdansky bibliography

    The ruling race on Venus is insectoidal—their pest is a batch of tiny and unintelligent primates.

  • 1971 H. Ellison & A. E. van Vogt Human Operators in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan. 21/1 page image Harlan Ellison A. E. van Vogt bibliography

    The found the ruined diving suit with its fish-eaten contents lying on its back in deep azure sand, sextet of insectoidal legs bent up at the joints, in a posture of agony.

  • 1990 A. Jablokov Place of No Shadows in Asimov’s Science Fiction Nov. 182 page image Alexander Jablokov bibliography

    Rats, and others, pests from a dozen alien vessels, some chittering and insectoidal, some silent and lizard-like, all living on floating garbage in the interstellar amity of scavengers.

  • 2010 B. Cope Artists Save the Galaxy! (2014) 283 page image

    A filthy, overdeveloped, intolerable shithole inhabited by nothing but cannibals and a couple of insectoidal species too toxic to serve as nutrition.

Research requirements

any evidence 1956

Earliest cite

The Promised Land, by Randall Garrett and Robert Silverberg (writing as "Robert Randall")

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1963 cite from Michael Girsdansky's "Science and Science Fiction: Who Borrows What?".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1957 cite from Poul Anderson's "Life Cycle".

We would like cites of any date from other sources.

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