The Swooping Snitchbug is a monster in the Pikmin series. This monster can't kill Pikmin in any way, he swoops down, grabs Pikmin then plants them in a new location. The only bad thing is the Pikmin lose their flowers. This has a "relative" the Bumbling Snitchbug. The "bumb" snitchbug grabs Olimar, Louie, or President, and throws them down to the floor, causing you to lose health. This Snitchbug was found in both Pikmin games, it was featured in Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, and Hey! Pikmin.
He can carry Yellow Pikmin holding Bomb Rocks. It will throw them down, the bomb rock will blow up. This will kill the Pikmin it was carrying, and itself.
"This rare species uses its antennae as wings."
"The scarpanids originally lived on the ground, sporting poorly developed vestigial wings. This species developed enlarged antennae that can be used as makeshift wings. Scarpanids are attracted by the sight of large groups of Pikmin in cavalry formation and will swoop down to seize them. However, scarpanids do not eat Pikmin, and they will drop any seized Pikmin after a short time. The reason for this behavior is unknown, but I look forward to future research in the area."
"Remove the wings, marinate a well-marbled steak for several hours in a chipotle marinade, then charbroil to perfection."
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros Brawl.
- "A member of the scarpanid family. Although originally a ground dweller, its oversized antennae developed into wings, allowing it to fly around freely. The snitchbug doesn't eat Pikmin, but rather picks them up, carries them away, and firmly replants them in another location."
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
- NA: A strange flying insectoid creature from the Pikmin series. Much like a fly rubbing its legs together, the Swooping Snitchbug has a habit of rubbing its hands. When it swoops down and snatches Pikmin from the ground, it doesn't eat them. Instead, it discards them after a few seconds. Why? Who knows?! Who cares?! They're free!
- EU: A strange flying insectoid creature from the Pikmin series. Much like a fly rubbing its legs together, the Swooping Snitchbug has a habit of rubbing its hands. When it swoops down and snatches Pikmin from the ground, it doesn't eat them. Instead, it just throws them back to the ground after a few seconds. Why? Who knows?!