Cadelle is an adult female HiveWing, the grandmother of Cricket, and the mother of Katydid. She is divorced with Katydid's Father, so they grew up in Cicada Hive, while Cadelle currently lives in Jewel Hive.
Cadelle has scales the color of tangerines, with black triangle patterns zigzagging along her spine and out to the edges of her wings.
Scarab says that Cadelle’s personality is like sandpaper. She is shown to be irritable, ill-tempered, and cruel, once biting a SilkWing servant with her venomous teeth for angering her. She dislikes both Katydid and Cricket, Cricket especially, and views her job (teaching history) as a waste of time. She is perpetually trying to climb the social ladder, and after she demands the Book of Clearsight, Cricket accuses her of giving the book to Queen Wasp in exchange for a party invitation.
The Lost Continent Prophecy
Cadelle is mentioned when Cricket tells Blue about her "mother."
Cadelle is first shown in Cricket's flashback, disturbing Cricket as she is hiding in a cupboard reading a book on architecture. However, Cricket went unnoticed as Cadelle was under Queen Wasp's control at the time.
In the years between, Cadelle was shown to have gotten divorced, moved to Jewel Hive, and became a history teacher.
Later on in the book, it's revealed that Cadelle isn't Cricket's mother, but is in fact her grandmother who reluctantly took the dragonet in when her real mother, Katydid, tried to hide the fact that she had an egg.
Katydid is her daughter, but Cadelle doesn't seem particularly motherly to her. It is possible that Cadelle acted kinder to Katydid before Cricket hatched, but after that, the mother and daughter relationship grew more distant and bitter over the years.
In Cadelle's eyes, Cricket represented danger, crime, disorder, and lies that could ruin Cadelle's life if Queen Wasp found out who Cricket's biological parents were. This is most likely the reason Cadelle left Cicada Hive, to escape Cricket, the risks, and Wasp's potential wrath. She was angry when she caught Cricket in The Hive Queen on her way to the water tower to hide, hissing "I didn't want anyone to know I had anything to do with you. And you show up here?" Most of Cadelle's hatred of Cricket is motivated by fear of the secrets, lies, and the Queen's fury.
Katydid's Father is Cadelle's mate and father to Katydid, but there seems to be a sour, slightly bitter relationship between Cadelle and him. This is possible because of the lies and disorder associated with Cricket's hatching that caused the two to despise not only Cricket but each other after a period of time. When Cadelle moved out to Jewel Hive to escape Cricket and Katydid, she also divorced Katydid's Father and is no longer his partner.
- She is the first dragon in the series to be in a confirmed divorce.
Aphid • Bombardier • Bumblebee • Cadelle • Chafer • Cricket • Dragonfly • Earthworm • Inchworm • Grasshopper • Hawker • Glowworm • Katydid • Librarian • Lubber • Malachite • Midge • Pinacate • Rootworm • Sandfly • Treehopper • Weevil