Decades ago (this was in the late 1990s-before 2004, but most likely written much earlier), in some science fiction anthology or other, I remember reading a short story in which moth-aliens took over large parts of Earth, set up hives, sort of thing. A human soldier enters a city which turned into a hive; the soldier had a bomb which was going to be used to blow up the hive.

The only thing I'm 100% certain of is the ending: the mission fails for whatever reason, and he ends up transformed into a female moth-alien himself.

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    Some similarities here with Bruce Sterling's "Swarm" but that isn't a tale of an invasion of Earth, it takes place on an asteroid in space.
    – DavidW
    May 29, 2021 at 3:39
  • I'm sure I remember this, and it was from one of the "New Wave" anthologies like "New Writings in British SF" or something similar, but I cannot put my finger on it. May 29, 2021 at 6:34
  • @JohnRennie I've googled the "England Swings SF" anthology, but can't find anything promising. May 29, 2021 at 12:41
  • It's got some elements in common with "A Storm of Wings" by M. John Harrison, but I don't think that's the one. May 29, 2021 at 13:11
  • Regarding "A Storm of Wings" - I've found one section which has quite a bit more in common - could you look at the section headed "Hornwrack the Kamikaze" in this article? May 29, 2021 at 13:21


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