Was the insect Gregor turned into in The Metamorphosis a spider or a grasshopper?

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I think it's definitely some sort of beetle. I wonder what type of beetles are most common in Prague?

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Neither spider, grasshopper (?), nor cockroach. How about a dung beetle? This has lovely figurative connotations as well and seems the most apt given Kafka's limited description.

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I've read this story many times throughout high school and college, and I am almost certain that at no time was the specific insect ever named; however, I am certain that it was not as spider, as that is an arachnid.  I will say this, though, I do remember a brilliant college professor and a lengthy discussion that seemed to lean toward the idea of a cockroach, simply based on the author's description.  If I had to choose one, I would go with that.

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All we know is that he has a hard shell, rotund belly, and lots of little-bity legs. An image that stays in my mind is poor Gregor finding himself on his back, unable to right himself, with his little legs kicking in the air.

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I always imagined him as a cockroach.  I don't believe he could be a spider, as he is described as an insect rather than an arachnid.  Check the link below for more information - Good luck!

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