✦ Body (& Armor)
Standing at an average of three feet (minus antennae), Flytes have chitinous exoskeletons that cover most of their bodies, from head to thorax to abdomen. Although this hard shell already offers decent protection and can withstand quite a bit of force, it is part of Flyte culture to create and wear armor over it. As expert craftsmen, they can create all sorts of armor from all types of materials, most of which is gathered from the earth beneath their colony. If brought scraps from other areas, they are quick studies and can easily craft something out of anything. No two armor sets are ever identical, and they can range from simple plate covers to intricately locking pieces; it all depends on the wearer's personal preference. Seeing a Flyte without armor is quite rare, though not unheard of.
✦ Antennae (& Glow)
All Flyte have at least one pair of antennae with tips that glow. If they do not glow, then another part or multiple other parts of their body do. When focused on work, Flytes may communicate within their species solely through glowing with different patterns and levels of light. This kind of communication is so second nature to them that they barely have to register it to understand what is being conveyed. This greatly reduces the need to multitask — which is something that happens during verbal communication — thus allowing the insects to focus on the task at hand. Therefore, at least one part of the Flyte must glow, whether it be their antennae, eyes, abdomen, or something else.
Bulbous compound eyes take up a good portion of the Flyte's face. They come in a variety of styles, though are always large and round.
Flytes have three pairs of double or triple-jointed limbs that grow from their thorax. Two of these are generally arms, though it is possible for individuals to have two pairs of legs instead. Those with two pairs of arms are able to retract the secondary pair — which is generally smaller than their dominant pair — into their body when convenient. The design of their limbs varies, though their upper arm is always thinner than their forearms. Usually, at least one pair of arms will have clawed fingers with an opposable thumb. Their legs have an even wider variety and can range from having spines to ending in a soft paw.
A Flyte's wings are typically translucent and allow for self-propelled flight. They can have up to three pairs that mimic those of any insect.
Also simply referred to as their tails, abdomens come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can even glow!