|Behind the Scenes|
The Bugs are typically humanoid with distinctive insectoid features such as eyes and antennae. They are noted for holding a highly sophisticated culture and are even capable of crafting a Mother Box.
The Bugs live beneath the surface of the planet. These colonies are ruled by beings known as the Queen-Widow and Prime-One. Considered to be below the New Gods of the floating city, Supertown, the bugs form a lower class on New Genesis and are sometimes the target of prejudice by the gods.
The Bugs are a hybrid race of god and insect that were developed by the New Gods of New Genesis following an attack by Apokolips with biological mutants during the longstanding war between the two worlds. In response, New Genesis developed the Bugs with the intention of deploying them against Apokolips to destroy the world's food resources. However, before the Bugs could be unleashed, a group of them escaped from their gestation facility and hid within the planet's forests. In time, the Bugs started reproducing rapidly and formed large underground colonies that resembled hives.
This incident led to the ruling council of New Genesis fearing what the new society might do and so began a campaign of disinformation; claiming that the Bugs were the products of biological weapons deployed by Darkseid. This allowed for extermination programs to be initiated against the Bugs, such as the creation of an elite extermination squad known as the Monitors and formation of special pesticides to allow the crops to remain unharmed whilst killing the insectoids. These efforts had the impact of keeping the Bug population in check though their high rate of reproduction meant that this has no serious impact on the Insect Empire.
Following the birth of a Bug that would be later known as "Forager", it was deemed that his appearance and capabilities meant that he had more in common with the New Gods than the Bugs. Thus, the reigning Prime One charged him with the task of befriending the Gods of New Genesis in order to negotiate a truce between the two cultures. Eventually, Forager befriended the New God, Orion, and stopped the renegade Bug "Mantis" from conquering Earth in Darkseid's name. However, Forager ultimately fell in battle and Orion took the deceased Forager's body to the Bugs for a proper burial where he was shocked to see the sophistication of insect civilization. Thus, peace talks began between the Empire's All-Widow and the new Prime One and the ruling council of New Genesis.