In 1996 Richard Grassby-Lewis officially left the group, although he continues to collaborate with them. Tim Norfolk and Bob Locke continued on as simply The Insects (dropping "Startled"). In addition to production duties for various artists they started co-writing for Bristol bands such as Massive Attack, for whom they wrote two hit songs for their Protection album - "Karma Coma" and "Euro Child." They co-wrote and arranged "The Hunter Gets Captured by The Game" as featured on the "Batman Forever" soundtrack and "I Want You" for Madonna's Bedtime Story. Meanwhile Richard Grassby-Lewis has also continued production duties for artists such as Najma Akhtar as well as TV and film scoring work.
The Insects began to receive commissions to write music for other documentary specials, including several National Geographic Specials. One of these, Life at the Edge, won them the Emmy Award for Best Score. By 1997, The Insects had written music for several documentaries, an animated feature film (The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb), many commercials, two CD-ROMs and a feature film, "Love and Death on Long Island," starring John Hurt and Jason Priestley. They also wrote music for Aardman Animations' Angry Kid. More recently they have written scores for XX/XY (starring Mark Ruffalo) and Owning Mahowny (featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Minnie Driver). They’ve also received much critical acclaim for the work on the ITV series “Wire in the Blood," now in its sixth season.
As well as film and TV work, The Insects continue to write and produce for other artists. They have produced Alison Moyet's newest gold-selling album, Hometime. Other assignments include the track "Human" as featured on the Goldfrapp album. Most recent project is a collaboration with Sean Cook (formerly of Spiritualized and Lupine Howl) called The Flies. Their album "All Too Human" was released in 2007 to much critical acclaim.