"The "forgotten" planet had been seeded for life, first with microbes and later with plants and insects. A third expedition, intended to complete the seeding with animals, never occurred. Over the millennia the insects and plants grew to gigantic sizes. The action of the novel describes the fight for survival by descendants of a crashed spaceship as they battle wolf-sized ants, flies the size of chickens, and gigantic flying wasps." - from the Wikipedia article.
This 1954 science fiction novel has something of a Carcosan flavor, and is in the public domain.
Cool. I'd never heard of this before, but will check it out. Based on your quote, it does sound Carcosa-like to me!
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A hearty thumbs up to Murray Leinster, I ran across the Baen compilation of his "Med Ship" series and it's been very fun. I didn't realize any were in the public domain. I think Baen did two re-prints.