Biology and appearanceEdit
The Hakarians are a sapient species of tiny insectoids capable of flight. Due to their small size, they are easily confused for non-sapient insects. The Hakarians usually mass in large swarms. They have their own language and are also able to communicate by forming a swarm in the shape of an object or a symbol; the latter way of communication is especially useful to convey information to individuals who do not know the Hakarians' language. The Hakarians live in underground dwellings connected to the surface by tree hollows, and they possess some form of technology to send signals off-world. The Hakarians are quick learners, able to grasp new technological concepts rapidly.
The Hakarians were the only indigenous species of the swamp planet Hakara, which the Galactic Republic believed uninhabited at the time of the Clone Wars, although the Hakarians themselves were aware of the existence of the Jedi Order. Around 21 BBY, Hakara was invaded by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and a detachment of battle droids was stationed on the planet in order to steal the planet's natural resources. The Confederacy knew of the Hakarians, but they did not consider them to be a threat to their operation. Hoping to receive help from the Jedi, the Hakarians used their native technology to send a distress signal to the Jedi High Council. The Jedi Council received the message, but they were unable to decipher most of it because they were unfamiliar with the Hakarian language. Still, the Council conjectured that the strange message was in fact a call for help and thus sent Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, to Hakara to investigate. Upon arrival, the two Jedi mistook the Hakarians for nothing more than importunate insects, until a group of Hakarians saved them from a speeder bike–mounted B1 battle droid on patrol. The Jedi then realized that the insects possessed sentience and, by using the Force, taught them how to deactivate the droids' neural processors. With the new knowledge, the Hakarians raided a Confederate platform and dispatched all B1 battle droids and DSD1 dwarf spider droids stationed there. While the Hakarians finished off the remaining stragglers scattered throughout Hakara, Tano and Skywalker left the planet to inform the Jedi Council about the Hakarians. Skywalker hoped that the Council would place Hakara under their protection to prevent another invasion, and that the Jedi would suggest that the Republic send an ambassador to the planet.