In the recent Spelljammer book releases for D&D 5e, there is the option of playing a race with "insectile features", i.e. Thri-Kreen. (AAG, p.15)

I want to know what - if any - other official races with insect-like features, other than the Thri-Kreen, have been playable in previous D&D editions.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Given that we've been accepting other forms of list question, I don't see a reason to close this one. From review. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jason_c_o
    Sep 18, 2022 at 14:26

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Dromites from the 3.5 Expanded Psionics Handbook is a psionic race "called bug-men by the ignorant".

Diopsids from the 3.5 Dragon Compendium is beetle-like race in the Underdark.

Insectare from Dragon Magazine are "part elven, part insectoid".

I prefer not to discuss the Khepri.

Xixchil from the AD&D MC9 Monstrous Compendium Spelljammer Appendix II are basically green Thri-Kreen with a penchant for body modification.

Chitines from 3.x Monsters of Faerûn are not exactly insectile, but rather spider-like.

Of course, this list is probably not complete. And "insect-like features" is a rather subjective standard, so I imagine for instance the Xephs could be considered to have "insect-like" eyes.

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    \$\begingroup\$ thank you, this is really helpful. I also think "insect-like" has a vagueness to it. Would it be better if I update my question to "insectile" and stick to that as it appears in the description of Thri-Kreen for 5e? \$\endgroup\$
    – Senmurv
    Sep 20, 2022 at 16:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Senmurv No, no worries - if you're looking for "insect-like features", that's what you're looking for. It sounds like a matter of looking for a race to fit a concept, so the current question works well for that. The word "insectile" doesn't appear in the 3.5 Thri-Kreen description, so looking for that might narrow the search too much for your use-case. \$\endgroup\$
    – From
    Sep 20, 2022 at 17:28

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