The shellwinged punctureworm replaced its ancestor, the desert punctureworm. With the competition of other herbivores and pollenvores it had to find a new niche. It became a sapivore and now uses its sharp tongue to drink the sap of black flora. Unlike its ancestor, it stays social all of its life and is not solitary. They only have one adult form now and travel in large swarms. They mate in the summer and lay their eggs at the end of fall,then die. The eggs stay dormant in the winter and then hatch in the spring where they quickly grow. The sticky eggs are laid on the trunks of black flora so it can suck its sap when they hatch.
They also have developed a "shelled wing" which protects their 2 back wings when landing on a black flora. Not only will this help keep their wings protected, but also protects them from small predators. The wings sit on either side of the body so its "back eyes" can still see even when its closed. They never need to drink because they get all their water from the sap they drink. In addition they need very little water to survive.