this immense race of barely-sentient, insectoid beings was native to the planet Shikitari. Like most insects, the Shikitari had a multi-staged lifecycle. Shikitari larvae mature inside eggs which were protected by a poisonous gel. As pupae, Shikitari emerge from their eggs and fuse to one another, forming a single being from many smaller individuals. Individual Shikitari grow specialized body parts to become eyes, mouths, feelers, and the entire organism evolved to mimic its guardian or parent. Thus, Shikitari that were raised by humanoids were humanoid in appearance. When the various pupae of a Shikitari individual matured, which took only two standard days, they exuded a chitinous material that formed an immense chrysalis. During this time, individual Shikitari pupae metamorphosed into flutterscouts, which craked open the chrysalis and flew away.