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Insect is a catch-all creature type used for crawling or flying little creatures, as well as larger and/or humanoid variants thereof. The first creature to bear the type was Yavimaya Gnats in Ice Age (though the Carrion Ants from Legends was later issued errata to become an insect.)

Types of insects[edit | edit source]

Imago[edit | edit source]

Larva[edit | edit source]

Artifact[edit | edit source]

Plagues[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet[edit | edit source]

Grixis[edit | edit source]

Banewasps are omnivorous insects that nest in reeflike hives that tower over Grixis's sea. Banewasps prefer decaying flesh to other food and will swarm in great numbers in search of freshly dead corpses. However, sometimes the larvae feed on the flesh of zombies or living humans.

Mirrodin / New Phyrexia[edit | edit source]

Pistus flies are mosquito-like flying insects that feed on the fluids of living beasts on Mirrodin. A sufficiently hungry swarm of pistus flies can even take down a dragon.In recent times they've become an unwitting ally of New Phyrexia, as they are capable of slurping up and then spreading the Phyrexian contagion to other creatures. [3] [4]

Sentient insects[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Emerald dragonflies[edit | edit source]

Emerald dragonflies are insects native to the White Woods of Corondor. They were used by the Calthyn elves in their battles against the Lieryn elves.

Eumidians[edit | edit source]

Eumidians are humanoid wasps with brilliant gold exoskeletons, four transparent wings, and large green compound eyes.

Eumidians originally lived in a hive society, somewhere in Jamuraa. However, individuals with particularly powerful minds, such as Xira Arien, were able to break free and live independently.

Nantuko[edit | edit source]

The Nantuko are a sapient race of mostly benevolent man-sized insects, who lived a life of strong respect for nature and protected the Krosan Forest. [5] Nantuko are most commonly found in Krosa on Otaria, but have appeared on Urborg as well. During the time of major climate change in Sarpadia following The Brothers' War, the Thelonite Order included humanoid insects who may have been Nantuko.

The current fate of the Nantuko race is unknown, as Krosa has been all but destroyed after the machinations of Karona, the Mirari, and the time rifts. In the Time Spiral novel, there are mentions of Nantukos still living in Urborg, and serving Lord Windgrace.

Notable Nantuko include:

Innistrad[edit | edit source]

Although the plane of Innistrad has no known natural species of sentient insect, there have been cases documented of mad scientists delving into the dark arts and becoming nightmarish aberrations.

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Kraul[edit | edit source]

The secretive Kraul inhabit the undercity, far below the main streets of Ravnica. Many feel a sense of loyalty and kinship toward the Golgari Swarm, while others reject the guilds, organizing themselves according to their own mysterious caste system.

Use of insects[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

The Windgrace Acolytes of Urborg used trained insects, called gladehunters, to track down artifice and artificers alike.[6]

Kamigawa[edit | edit source]

Some samurai of Eiganjo on Kamigawa ride gigantic trained moths into combat. [7] Nezumi shamans are known to use incantations that summon and control insects, to swarm and distract their enemies. [8]

Tarkir[edit | edit source]

At the isolated Highspire Stronghold on Tarkir, monks of the Jeskai Way are trained to control and ride wild mantises. These mantises make for dangerous mounts, never forming a sense of loyalty toward their riders, who must take care to always be on their guard.

Grand Creature Type Update[edit | edit source]

In (and before) the Grand Creature Type Update the creature types Ant, Bee, Butterfly, Caterpillar, Dragonfly, Hornet, Mosquito, Swarm, Wasp and Wirefly were changed to Insect. In Magic, centipedes are also considered insects. [9]

Insect tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Insect Black Creature — Insect 0/1
Black Creature — Insect 1/1
Black/Green Creature — Insect 1/1
Green Creature — Insect 1/1
Green Creature — Insect 1/1 Flying, deathtouch
Green Creature — Insect 1/1 Infect
Blue/Red Creature — Insect 1/1 Flying, haste
Green Creature — Insect 6/1 Shroud
named Butterfly
Green Creature — Insect 1/1 Flying
named Hornet
Colorless Artifact Creature — Insect 1/1 Flying, haste
named Wasp
Colorless Artifact Creature — Insect 1/1 Flying
named Wirefly
Colorless Artifact Creature — Insect 2/2 Flying
named Giant Adephage
Green Creature — Insect 7/7 Trample
Whenever Giant Adephage deals combat damage to a player, put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of Giant Adephage.

Insect "manland"[edit | edit source]

Insect artifact[edit | edit source]

  • Golgari Keyrune (can become a 2/2 black and green Insect artifact creature with deathtouch).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana. (June 16, 2009.) “Insects of Alara”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Michael Yichao. (June 21, 2017.) “The Hour of Glory”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Doug Beyer. (February 02, 2011.) “A Linguistic Look at Besieged”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Doug Beyer. (March 16, 2011.) “Six Secrets Behind the Sets”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana. (March 18, 2004.) “Odyssey style guide: Nantuko”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. James Wyatt (2018), The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Dominaria. VIZ Media.
  7. Magic Arcana. (April 14, 2005.) “Kamigawa Style Guide: Moth Mounts”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana. (July 05, 2005.) “A Couple of Misers”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (December 02, 2002.) “Sketches: Symbiotic Beast”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana. (March 15, 2007.) “Planar Chaos Token Art 1”,, Wizards of the Coast.