A category of sapient life, those species with characteristics of arthropods.
Almost every insectoid race on record is highly conservative, resistant to sudden or extensive change. Furthermore, insectoid behaviour tends towards extreme formality, incorporating a large number of ritualized activities. Unlike Humanoids, their cultures are defined by complete order, and they possess an abnormally rigid social structure. This may have a basis in biology - for example, a hive mind or biochemical dependency on a caste system. Most insect societies are extremely hierarchical, with the function of the individual determined by what is good for society as a whole. This is particularly evident in the area of reproduction, where the capability of propagating the species is typically concentrated in a very few individuals. All the resources of society are focused on protecting and providing for the few fertile members.