|Average height||6 ft.|
|Behind the Scenes|
The Megopteran is a highly adapted predator from the future, which has evolved from carnivorous insects, such as the Tiger Beetle.
It grows to around 2 metres long and as tall as a grown man. Possessing six strong legs, a long arched neck, and medium sized wings (allowing flight over short distances) it is a well adapted generalist hunter who will readily attack any available prey. They appear to communicate in a series of loud hollow clicking sounds.
Lacking antennae, the creatures use their large compound eyes to detect prey. When it has found a suitable victim, it will use its large mantis-like forelegs to catch it, whilst the razor sharp mandibles make short work of the meal. Its long legs make it a very fast runner and it apparently prefers to hunt at ground level (since they can only fly over short distances), and relentlessly pursue prey no matter where it tries to hide.
Although evolved from hive-based insects, they do not seem to live in the same large colonies and have yet to show any distinct castes. Although three distinct sizes have been seen they all exhibit similar characteristics. The youngest Megopterans are the smallest at only 30cm, layed as eggs inside the flesh of captured prey and rapidly develop emerging from the corpse as a small scale version of the adult. The man-sized versions are the most commonly encountered. The largest versions are twice this size and only one or two have been seen. This could have been the queen of a group of Megopterans. It is currently unknown if these variations are the result of age, caste differences or sexual dimorphism.
They appear to be one of the apex predators of the ecosystems of the future, the other of course being the Future Predator. Given the food requirements of such large predators, it is implied these creatures do come into conflict with each other.