he Cryte are a sentient race of insect like creatures that have evolved in a unique way. They are parasitic hunters that have enslaved another sentient race as hosts for their larvae. Evolving alongside these intelligent creatures, the Cryte are the first species to attain sentient thought through the evolution of another race.
Cryte inject a long, thin worm like larvae into their host after capturing it. Females inject both the larvae and venom with their long ovipositor. Said venom paralyzes the victim and erases any memory of the attack. The larvae travels through the host and lies on the inside of the spinal cord and over time feeds off its host and binds to the nervous system.
This larvae essentially becomes a separate nervous system that gains complete, unconscious control of its host. Apart of increased appetite, the host feels no different and continues its daily routine unaware that it is being controlled by a separate entity.
The larvae, once sufficently developed, takes complete control of the host and brings it back to the Cryte territory where it finally overtakes the host, pupates, and starts the 2nd part of its lifecycle.
This pic is of a male Cryte in full mating display. At certain times of the year the Cryte gather in giant ceremonial social events that correspond to the females' cyclical mating seasons. The males compete with each other through ritualized dance and in terms of size, strength and attractiveness. The male Cryte's fully extended ovipositor cannot lay eggs, as does the female, but has retained the poisoning ability and is used to subdue prey.
The Cryte are the intellectual property of Cameron Dowling.