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Piranha beetle


Planet of origin

Yavin 4

Average length

.03 meters

"One bit me, then at the smell of blood the others swarmed over me."
Bevel Lemelisk

Piranha beetles were colorfully-shelled carnivorous insects that lived on the jungle moon Yavin 4. Though they were only three centimeters long, they gathered in large swarms which could kill much larger prey by eating the flesh directly off living beings.

A Piranha beetle.

Piranha beetle swarms built hives made from chewed vegetation and saliva in Yavin 4's treetops. Each hive had a queen that led the hive's reproductive and food-gathering activities.

Following the duel on Yavin 4 between Anakin Skywalker and Asajj Ventress, Palpatine sent Mas Amedda to the moon to acquire some of the beetles for him.[1] Bevel Lemelisk, one of the chief designers of the Death Star, was executed multiple times and then cloned by Emperor Palpatine. One of these executions involved piranha-beetles. According to Lemelisk, he was placed in a glass cage and swarms of piranha beetles were released through holes in the floor. The insects killed and devoured Lemelisk.

The Alliance to Restore the Republic's base on Yavin 4 was sprayed with chemical insecticide to keep the voracious insects out. When Luke Skywalker established a Jedi Praxeum at the same location, he discovered that several of his students developed allergic reactions to the insecticides. He then used the Force to imprint the academy's perimeter with a sense of distaste and disorientation. This also kept the beetle swarms away, but without the need for hazardous chemicals.

When Jacen Solo attended the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4, he kept two piranha beetles as pets. He kept them calm by using the Force.


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This article uses material from the "Piranha beetle" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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