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For a genus group as uncountably large as the Insects Which Must Logically Exist to Maintain a Biosphere, it's inevitable that it would continue to radiate into more specialized, derived forms. The Nomchompers are an example of this.

Species within the Nomchomper genus are defined under the combination of these traits: Nomchomper bodies are elongate with flexible segments, allowing them to easily move within tight spaces and scale up surfaces via a slight swaying motion. As their prefered meals are nomtrees, their legs are tipped with adhesive tarsi-like hairs, ensuring they get a tight grip scaling the immense trunks. Once a Nomchomper has approached a suitable feeding spot, it firmly fastens its marginal mouth projections into an unstable patch of bark, then dredges into it with a scoop-like lid; the lid is supported with dense, powerful muscle to enhance its dredging capabilities and ensure it won't break. After the woodgrain is shoved into the Nomchomper’s mouth, it is then bathed in a combination of powerful digestive enzymes and the functions of specialized Bruh Within. Woody pulp is hard to digest, so their guts have expanded to accommodate for these meals.

Nomchompers often feed intensely enough that they bore burrows inside the trunks of their nomtree hosts, which are easy to denote due to their somewhat rectangular shape. Inside their hosts, these “Insects” find upon a treasure trove of food and rarely have incentive to leave. Still, this does not grant them proper immunity from danger; wherever Nomchompers are found, predators like Rakaws and Monkeas may often find these morsels within the trees they call home. With the immense size their hosts boast and the relative minuteness of Nomchompers themselves, only under particularly unfortunate circumstances would a nomtree be directly killed by an infestation of these “Insects”.

Nomchompers reproduce much like other “Insects”. After noticing a receptive individual, two Nomchompers of a certain species link up gametes and exchange genetic material. The fertilized “Insect” then returns to its bore hole to deposit a clutch of dozens of eggs. Once hatched, the nymphs must then disperse out of their parent's hole and hopefully bore into new hosts. A combination of high egg production and deep enough boring ensure the species' numbers are not hampered too much by predation.

There are dozens of species of Nomchomper, and all can be identified via a few certain traits. The basalmost subgenus has less pronounced marginal mouth projections, preferring to feed upon nomtrees with more brittle “bark” such as the Tiertrunk Nolm. Species found in cold climates burrow deep within Frosty Plumbristles, preferably close to the soil where it's warm enough to hunker through winter. Nomchomper coloration typically comes in dull slates, blue-mauves, and silvery cyans, as well as a variety of accents and decals. Notably all species are absent beyond the “Dingus Scrub” ecotone, as conditions there become too arid to viably support nomtrees without fierce competition from canarflora and piss flora; nomtree diversity is similarly limited in Kamm, thus just a couple of Nomchomper species are found there. Like all Dingusian “Insects”, these species bear trace quantities of lead in their forms.