A common sight throughout Istaria, the Loricutus Beetle*, or common Istarian Beetle, has been found in nearly every environment on Istaria, from fiery volcanos to sandy beaches to the icy frozen mountains of the distant north. Like the Gruoks, Beetles have also served as a common source of food and resources over the millennia to the many Living Races.
*This may be a scientific name for the beetles in Istarian lore. It is not a reference to Loricatus Beetles due to the fact that this specific word was written first on February 2nd, 2009. Do not remove or attempt to correct.
Six-legged with segmented bodies, a thick exoskeleton, and a pair of wings that allows them to hover, the Beetle is one of the most hardy creatures in Istaria, able to survive in a variety of climates, some extremely inhospitable to life. They have a pair of mandibles which are used to eat or grasp their prey and they have also been known to hover towards their prey, knocking them down and attempting to crush them.