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May the 4th Be With You: The Bugs of Star Wars

On this, the 4th day of May, we’re catching up on our trivia, pest control style. That means we are learning all about the many bugs of Star Wars – yes, bugs! It’s such an intricately designed world, so of course it has bugs! We will highlight a few of the more wacky species that exist in the series. Before you ask, no, we don’t know of any Western Exterminator pest specialists that could rid the world of these bugs – not that you would want to.

The Bugs of Star Wars

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The Shaclaw were huge, armored insects that lived on Voss. To the inhabitants of the planet, these giant creatures were considered a delicacy. The thing is that when they died, they would emit a deadly toxin – so they had to be cooked alive in order to be edible.

Shaclaws in real life: Though they’re able to walk around upright, the gigantic foreclaws of the Shaclaw are similar to those of scorpions, a culinary delicacy in China.

Blaze Bugs

These crimson creatures had a mutually beneficial relationship with the Yuuzhan Vong warriors during their war. Since they glow and darken on command, the blaze bugs are used as a code of sorts, sending subtle differences in color, sound, and scent to the commander that would tell them about an enemy or friendly vessel. Once their current job is done, they feed on nearby Yuuzhan Vong by sucking their blood with stingers.

Blaze Bugs in real life: The functions of the Blaze Bug could take the creature in two very different directions. Its ability to glow makes it similar to the harmless lightning bug, but its blood-sucking tendencies sound more like those of the mosquito.

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We’re labeling these guys as true pests. The Grutchins were specifically designed to tear through starships and kill the crew inside. They used acid-secreting mandibles and grasping legs to do it. They were part of the Yuuzhan Vong crew, who bred them on their warships. There was also a smaller version of Grutchins that lacked the hard outer shell, and couldn’t be used in space. That made them no less deadly, as they used their acid mandibles to kill targets.

Grutchins in real life: The image at right likens these creatures to grasshoppers, but they are much more dangerous. The way they used their mandibles and grasping legs to ravage starships and destroy their prey makes them more like a scorpion. Luckily for us, scorpions don’t make a habit of tearing into our homes, but their sting can be dangerous.


This diverse insectoid exists in several forms, including the Fyreflii, the Mayflii and the Wingflii. The Wingflii is actually a giant insect, while the fyreflii was luminescent. The final version, the Mayflii, was also relatively large for an insect at 2 meters in length and laid eggs. These bugs would be a major pain in the pest control world – so we’re pretty glad you can’t find them here on the West Coast.

Fliis in real life: As expected, Fliis are much like flies, but much larger. Both exist as various species.

Storini Glass Prowler

These cute little guys were loved by many species and were often treated as pets. They’re not something we pest control folks would want to get rid of. It was a harmless insect and had a crystalline body. Yes, that means they were made of crystals! They fit very well in their natural home of Storinal, with the lush countryside, artistic landscaping, and tropical flower gardens.

Storini Glass Prowler in real life: These innocent insects are comparable to butterflies. We don’t make a habit of keeping butterflies as pets, but both creatures are harmless and nice to look at.

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A mantid that was considered non-intelligent, it was nonetheless very useful to the Vratix. Oddly, they made both great pets – and great soup. The Vratix also used their saliva to help construct buildings. Knytix were somewhat toxic, often spreading a disease called Knytix Pox that was highly contagious. Luckily our own Knytix look-alike, the Praying Mantis, isn’t so toxic.

Knytix in real life: As we mentioned, the Knytix closely resembles the praying mantis. But unlike the Knytix, the praying mantis is not cause for much concern. Praying mantises can actually be beneficial in the pest control world, in that they eat other insects.

Sand Demon

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This is one pest no exterminator would want to mess with. The sand demon is a huge, red-eyed, six-legged insect that can live for hundreds of years. They glide through sand like it’s water, and can break through rock with a single razor-sharp leg. They sneak up on their prey by bursting up out of the sand to attack.

Sand Demons in real life: Due to their ability to navigate the desert with ease and their incredibly strong jaws, Sand Demons bear a strong resemblance to scorpions, except in size and longevity of life of course. These creatures were often as large as a human or even bigger, whereas most scorpions are around 6 inches in length and only live about 2-6 years.

We’ve enjoyed our trip through the amazing bugs of Star Wars. For more creepy crawlers in the series, check out this website. For pest problems in the real world, contact Western Exterminator today! And of course, from all of us to all of you, may the force be with you.

Mr. Little

He’s represented Western for nearly a century. But he’s no old fogey. Follow Mr. Little’s blog for pest tips and facts!

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