Range: Sprites are native to Elcenia. They live on all continents except Nanela.
Lifespan: 18 Elcenian years (13 Barashin years)
Sprites are 1"-1.5" tall bee-winged, four-armed humanoids. They have black and yellow striping on their bodies, and most of them have dense fuzz. Stingers protrude from their rears; some varieties die after using these on large targets such as birds or mammals. Sprites cannot use vocal language (and therefore are incapable of wizardry); they communicate through any of several full-body sign languages which resemble dancing. Most of them live in large hives, each headed by a queen who lays all of the eggs. Neuter females compose most of the rest of the population and do other work; semi-sapient, shorter-lived males exist in the hives for breeding purposes. Sprites eat honey, which they make themselves out of nectar and pollen; sometimes they consume other plant matter like flower petals. In many locales they have driven bees extinct.
Sprites rarely interact with larger species, but sometimes form trade relationships with fairies. As a general rule they don't care for pixies, who have been known to eat sprites, and only interact with them through fairy intermediaries.
Sprites identify with their hives more than anything else, but it is possible to separate major clusters of hives with similar genes, and these clusters share some habits and morphological features. These are labeled by the sprite terms as summarized in translation: