The Apivbrm are an insect-like, intelligent species that inhabits the twin planets Praam, their original home, and Lovrmn, the colonised planet Apivbrm winter on, along with the notable predatory, parasitic Hrvavsh and the domesticated, migratory plant-animal Mmnaam.
Apivbrm all have eight limbs: two legs, two wings, and four arms. They are covered with a thin layer of stiff, coarse body hair that thickens on their upper body and head. This hair is commonly in the range of dark brown to bright yellow with orange or red tints. The hair on their back has a second type of urticating hair that can be flung off when startled to cause rashes and irritation of mucous membranes.
Hair is usually kept trimmed short in the winter, and allowed to grow longer in the summer. However, it is considered bad manners to ever let it get overly long. Upon adulthood, a permanent stain is applied to the back, between the wings, in a design that associates the recipient Apivbrm with their family group, or mvaa.
Before Lovrm was colonized, Apivbrm cities were mainly condensed on the rock islands and in the mountains surrounding the three main lowlands that served as sunning grounds for their plant herds. Some other small structures were established beyond the mountains in the harsher rock areas, where there is too little sun for the herds to survive, but materials could be extracted from the planet. These structures are maintained and guarded by disgraced queens as a way to regain their former status. Some Apivbrm (mainly drones) also volunteer to dedicate themselves to traveling from abandoned city to abandoned city as a kind of pilgrimage and aiding in their upkeep.
Disgraced Queens are given this as a second chance due to their importance to society- criminal drones, on the other hand, are usually exiled. Some of these exiles have carved out a living in small colonies on the edge of the world, far enough away from the sunning plains that they won't fall prey to wasps, yet close enough to the growing zone on the equator that they can scrape food literally from the rock and the small seas that spot the higher latitudes. These groups almost never have a queen, and are entirely sustained by a steady flow of exiles from the main colonies. Some of the rockier points of Apivbrm history involved strengthening of these fringe colonies and clashes between them and the central colonies- either by willing exiles as a result of disillusionment with the Apivbrm government, or periods of suspicion and enactment of stricter laws and punishment.
After the development of FTL travel, a few fringe colonies slowly grew throughout the galaxy.
The original world, the mother world Praam, is cloaked in a swirling mass of impenetrable clouds, pierced by sunlight. The autotrophic life chases patches of light as they skitter across planes of rock and fungus. The Apivbrm in turn first chased, then nurtured and domesticated the Mmnaam. And finally, chasing the other two were the parasites, the devourers, the Hrvavsh.
Come winter, the herds go dormant and Apivbrm are left to their own devices, unless they were unlucky enough to be chosen to be one of the few to remain and watch the herds of dozens of groups. Before their twin planet was colonized, groups of apivbrm would amass within their stone cathedrals, built over centuries of winters by the hands of millions. The oldest buildings sprawled into cities, and later housed year-round occupants. In winter, the colony partakes in a period of rest and creation, furthering art and science and culture as queens come to the end of their year-long gestation.
After the twin planet was colonized and made accessible, most Apivbrm wintered off world, with a good number of the more science, artisan, and trade-inclined ones remaining year round. Hrvavsh were absent from the second planet, but plant herds could not flourish there either. It was a safe, yet sterile, planet.
Come spring, Apivbrm children are claimed by groups, while the cities once again are emptied as groups flow out to find and tend to their herds. Hrvavsh are at their peak in spring, hibernating larvae devouring plants' own fetuses from inside them, then are birthed by the plants who the larvae promptly eat.