As previously mentioned, HPL states in The Whisperer in Darkness that Mi-Go are not simply one species but are composed of several species, under an encompassing genus. A few of the species can travel through space on “ether-resisting” wings. Ether was theorized to be a hypothetical substance allowing light to travel in space, since it was thought that light could not travel in “empty” space (or a true vacuum). This was a widely held theory in HPL’s day. However, the Michelson and Morley experiment in the late 19th century provided evidence for the non-existence of ether; in turn, these results were used by Einstein to refute the existence of the ether and further refine his theory of Special Relativity.
Thus, while the concept of ether-resisting wings does not appear valid based on existing scientific data, the wings of the Mi-Go do appear to be crucial in allowing some of the Mi-Go species to travel through interstellar space. The specific mechanism of how the Mi-Go wings operate in space is not understood and if this mechanism is extra-dimensional in nature, it may never be known by entities (such as ourselves) in this Universe. However, the presence or absence of wings does appear to be a key characteristic in the separation of Mi-Go into distinct species.
Mi-Go illustrated by Patrick McEvoy from T. Allan Bilstad’s The Lovecraft Necronomicon Primer: A Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos
While the winged species of Mi-Go can travel through space unaided, other non-winged species can be enhanced through surgical and/or mechanical means to fly among the stars. Still other species do not have the capacity at all to travel through space but can only move over long distances with the use of extra-dimensional portals (e.g. wormholes?).
Beyond the ability to travel through space, speciation of the Mi-Go appears to also be dictated by levels of intelligence and telepathy, as well as specific tasks individuals are “designed” to accomplish. HPL cites a number of times that the Mi-Go are masters in surgery and body modification in general. However, it is not known if these modifications in body structure, which serve a specific function, is genetically past onto offspring. If not, it would be extremely unusual to categorize the Mi-Go as a genus with numerous species.
Relative to Terran life, this concept of being separated out as a species based on the role an organism plays in a population, community or ecosystem is very unusual. It would be as if the drones, soldiers and queen of an ant, termite or bee colony would each be designed as a separate species under one genus. However, it must be recognized that the Mi-Go are not residents of our Universe or dimension so the mechanisms of natural or artificial selection may be very different, or not even apply to, these entities.
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) – from Wikipedia
To conclude this article, it should be noted that HPL said little to nothing about the reproduction of the Mi-Go; however, others have hypothesized how this is accomplished. While they are called “fungi” and may even have attributes that are similar to fungi, it should be recognized that they also have attributes of plants and animals. More importantly, it needs to be once again emphasized that the Mi-Go are more alien than the Elder Ones in that they are not from our Universe or dimension. Thus, their mechanisms of reproduction may be extremely different relative to other forms of life.
Next time, I will be discussing in more detail just how different the Mi-Go are relative to other forms of life. This will also include some information on Mi-Go technology. Thank you. Fred.
Mi-Go illustration by Ruud Dirven