A Bug Meteor is an informal term used to describe an asteroid that was redirected by the Arachnids to hit a target in the Federation.
The first Bug Meteor was discovered by the Rodger Young while on routine patrol. The Rodger Young was able to evade the asteroid, but its communication tower was ripped off by a glancing blow. The asteroid was not detected again until it had cleared the orbit of the Moon, missing the lunar defense turrets. The Fleet could do nothing more but watch as the asteroid headed towards South America, destroying Buenos Aires. Nearly 10 million people were killed.
Later, at a certain point, the Arachnids launched a second meteor towards Earth. Fortunately for the Federation, it was destroyed by a Missile defence turret on Luna Base. The meteor would have slammed into southern Africa, possibly at Cape Town.
- According to the propaganda film in the 1997 film, the Bug meteor was launched by "Bug Plasma" from the asteroid belt of Klendathu System.
- Starship Troopers (film)