|Scientific name||Himeagea volaris|
|Other Names||Flying Mandiblard|
|Behind the Scenes|
The Shearwig is the only known flying mandiblard species to be discovered on PNF-404, with their complicated behavior discovered fairly recently.
Shearwigs are mostly the same size as Sheargrubs, though their mandibles are actually curved downward like the hook of a beak. They are normally green in color, with a darker green carapace around their heads. This is the standard look, and for the longest time thought to be the only look of the Shearwigs. The female, or Queen Shearwigs are drastically different compared to males. For a start, they are noticeably larger than the males, and have a pinkish coloration to their carapace. Their mandibles are straighter, and meet in a cone-like shape.
Shearwigs all have small insect-like wings, which gives them their flight. Many thought this is an advanced adaptation to the Mandiblards, but they are in fact a more primitive species, with others like Sheargrubs, or Shearblugs being more advanced species in the mandiblard family.
Shearwig seemingly hold a sort of bee-like structure in their social behavior - numerous soldier Shearwigs under the command of the queen. These soldiers and troops protect the queen and attack prey to bring to her.
Shearwigs are similar to the Scornets in many behavioral aspects if one were to compare, which has lead to some speculation to the species in general. While Shearwigs themselves aren't as threatened, the specialized social structure is actually very rare and declining, possibly thanks to the more advanced scornets filling this niche in similar territories.