Swooping Snitchbug

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Swooping Snitchbug The icon used to represent this enemy.
P3 Swooping Snitchbug.png
Appearance in Pikmin 3.
Scientific name Scarpanica kesperens
Family Scarpanid

The Swooping Snitchbug is a legless, round, flying insect that developed wing-like antennae as a means of locomotion. They swoop down, as their name suggests, and grab their prey with their claws, a maximum of two at once. They can grab Pikmin that are on the ground, in the air, and even from a leader's hand. After carrying them for a few seconds, they violently throw them towards the ground, either separately or both at once depending on the game. This action would harm most prey, whereas Pikmin are simply replanted, and in Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2, reverted to the leaf stage. In Pikmin 3, they are also able to pick up leaders much like Bumbling Snitchbugs do; if they don't escape, they will be tossed to the ground and harmed. These creatures plummet to the ground when weighed down by a sufficient number of Pikmin or with a single Purple Pikmin, or struck by a single Rock Pikmin, rendering them susceptible to further attack.

In Hey! Pikmin, they will attempt to swoop straight down, grab Pikmin, and fly back up without coming back again, counting as a Pikmin death.

In fanon games

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In Pikmin 251

Pikmin 251
This article or section contains information pertinent to Pikmin 251, a Pikmin 2 ROM hack created by PikHacker.
Swooping Snitchbug The icon used to represent this enemy.
Scientific name Unknown
Family Scarpanid
Areas Mystical Beach
Caves Arachnid Asylum, Cryptic Kitchen, Endless Abyss, Doom Den, Perilous Pipeline
Challenge Mode stages Perplexing Pool, Beverage Hall, Brick Workshop, Haunted Halls, The Gauntlet
Battle Mode stages Perplexing Pool, Wistful Wild
Carry weight 5
Max. carriers 10
Seed worth 7
Poko value P2 Poko icon.png × 6
Attacks Kidnaps and throws Pikmin

In Pikmin 251, the Swooping Snitchbug behaves similarly to how it does in Pikmin 2, but flies farther away to bury captive Pikmin.


Olimar's observations

This Snitchbug has grown quite skilled at swooping in on Pikmin and catching them off guard. It's important to keep an eye on them whenever they are even remotely nearby. Yet, I still don't understand what makes the Snitchbugs do this. If it's not for prey, why do they do it? For now, all I can do is make these minor studies about them.

Cookin' with Louie

I've written about these bugs before, but I have terribly underestimated the flavor potential of the wings! It turns out they make excellent chips with the dip of your choice!

In Pikmin Eco

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This article or section presents information pertaining to Pikmin Eco, a fanon game created by Sapphire7.
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Swooping Snitchbug The icon used to represent this enemy.
P2 Swooping Snitchbug.png
Scientific name Scarpanica kesperens
Family Scarpanid
Areas Bounty Canopy
Caves Bone Cove, Sea Geyser, Rooster's Nest, Greenery Grove, Explorer's Exit
Carry weight 3
Max. carriers 6
Seed worth 4
Poko value P2 Poko icon.png × 4
Attacks Kidnaps and throws Pikmin and leaders

The Swooping Snitchbug returns in Pikmin Eco. It retains many of its past behaviors: it will fly down and snatch up either a leader or a [[Pikmin family|Pikmin, carry them around for a while, and then throw them harshly at the ground.


In-game entry

Evolved to fly with their antennae, the Swooping Snitchbug is a common sight in heavily forested areas. Intriguingly, they've been observed with their young, which aren't able to fly, but at times the adults will attack and eat their own young. At first, this is thought to classify the species as cannibalistic, but later studies show that they're actually hunting Grabbits, and don't show this behavior to their own young despite how similar they appear. This shows a level of intelligence to differentiate between the two that begs further study.

In Pikspore

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Swooping Snitchbug The icon used to represent this enemy.
Scientific name Unknown
Family Scarpanid
Attacks Kidnaps and throws Pikmin

The Swooping Snitchbug appears in Pikspore, and has a darkfreeze variant known as the Darkfreeze Snitchbug.


Ship's log

If there's one thing I hate the most on this strange planet, it's the insects. Wretched, bloodthirsty insects! This flying predator is no exception!