The Antenna Beetle (カマドフマ?, lit.: "Cave Cricket") is a type of enemy in Pikmin 2 which distracts Pikmin. Antenna Beetles use their wings to produce sounds of a high pitch, which interferes with the Treasure Gauge and attracts nearby Pikmin, similar to the whistle. This noise overrides any commands issued by a leader, so the Antenna Beetle can take command of any Pikmin that are nearby, which can indirectly harm Pikmin by leading them into a hazard. The only way to regain control of the Pikmin is to kill the enemy or force it to leap away again.
The enemy periodically jumps high in the air and returns to the ground, stumbling as it lands. It can be prompted to jump again by attacking it or approaching it often. It can be attacked by swarming it as it lands or throwing Pikmin on top of it. If a Pikmin lands on it, it will roll over, not much different from an Anode Beetle. Purple Pikmin may also stun it if thrown on top, preventing it from getting up and jumping away.
“This creature is able to control the Pikmin by way of the peculiar frequency of its roar, but its only objective seems to be defensive in nature, as it stops Pikmin from attacking and forces them to run away. This beast prefers humid, dimly lit environments, and has been known to inhabit empty and discarded containers. For this reason, it's wise to thoroughly ventilate any specimens that are recovered. Lifting off with one of these creatures in the hold can lead to a rupturing of the specimen during decompression, resulting in an explosive mess.”
“Extract meat from the exoskeleton and sear on all sides in a hot wok to seal in the flavor. Top the dish off with a splash of spicy peanut sauce.”
Nintendo Player's Guide
“Although it can't defeat Pikmin, the Antenna Beetle can seriously confuse the sprouts and take them under its wing with a whistle of its own. Call the Pikmin immediately after the beetle brainwashes them. The bug also sends your Treasure Gauge out whack. Defeat it before you hunt for prizes.”
The creature is called an Antenna Beetle due to it "whistling" an area around it, perhaps using its antennae, or perhaps because it mimics the way a spacesuit's antenna shakes when a leader is whistling. In Japan, its name is カマドフマ?, which is similar to カマドウマ?, or a cave cricket. Its scientific name is Mesmeri raiocontra, and in it, mesmeri is similar to the English word "mesmerize", and raiocontra could be considered a combination of raio and contra. Raio, in this context, is Portuguese for "beam", and contra is Latin for "counter", maybe referring to how the whistle's "beam" is used to counter the Pikmin's aggressiveness. Internally, the creature is called
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