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Flutterbie family

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The flutterbie family is a family of enemies in Pikmin 3 and Hey! Pikmin. It consists of small butterfly-like insects that pose no threat to Pikmin or leaders. They merely flutter about, occasionally landing, and aren't worth many seeds or Pokos, but some of them can drop valuable rewards after death: nectar or a spray drop. Their color indicates what they might drop, if anything. In Hey! Pikmin, they can't be interacted with and are not logged, appearing only in cutscenes.

This family consists of two genera: Fenestari for White Spectralids, and Yellow Spectralids, and Fenestrati for Red Spectralids.

In other languages of the game, the floaterbie family has the same name as the flutterbie family, so it is possible to consider that the two are one and the same, and that the English developers gave a different name to the Electric Spectralid's family for unknown reasons, or perhaps simply due to a mistake.


Red Spectralids[edit]

Artwork of a Red Spectralids.
Main article: Red Spectralids.

The Red Spectralids appears in the Garden of Hope and a few Mission Mode stages. Upon defeat, it releases a drop of ultra-spicy spray.

White Spectralids[edit]

A White Spectralids.
Main article: White Spectralids.

White Spectralids are of a color introduced in Pikmin 3. Unlike the remaining Spectralids, these drop no special rewards when defeated, and seeing as they're only worth one Pikmin seed, they're usually more trouble than they are worth. Nevertheless, they appear near the landing site or an Onion, making them useful if the player wants to help grow an army with minimal exploration. In Hey! Pikmin, it only appears once, with some Pikmin chasing it as it flies, until it lands on a stone. After they lunge at it, it flies off.

Yellow Spectralids[edit]

A Yellow Spectralids.
Main article: Yellow Spectralids.

Yellow Spectralids appear more commonly than Red Spectralids, and upon defeat, they release a drop of nectar. In Hey! Pikmin, it is found just flying forward, as Pikmin chase it. Eventually it flies off screen.

Other Spectralids[edit]

In two instances in Hey! Pikmin, some butterfly-like creatures appear in cutscenes. Given their fuzzy body, large legs, and overall similar appearance and behavior, it is likely that they are also members of the flutterbie family, or are at least Spectralids. Since they only appear in cutscenes, it is not possible to know their real family, species, or name.

  • In The Burning Sky, there is a Spectralids with yellow and blue wings, and green eyes.
  • In Back-and-Forth Road, there is a Spectralids with pale yellow wings, and purple eyes.

In addition, as mentioned previously, the Electric Spectralid's family name in other languages is the same as the flutterbie family, so it is possible to consider that enemy a part of this family.


See also: Flitterbie family#Naming.

The family's name is a play on a letter swap of the word "butterfly" ("flutterby") – "flutter" meaning "to flap rapidly". Many of the names used for these creatures are similar to the ones used by the Unmarked Spectralids; see here for details.

To note is that, similarly to the Unmarked Spectralids, every time the creatures are referred to in singular, "Spectralids" is used as opposed to "Spectralid" – unlike Pikmin 2, there are sentences that explicitly use the singular form. The Electric Spectralid is the only creature to break this mold.

Two genera names are used in this family: Fenestari for White Spectralids, and Yellow Spectralids, and Fenestrati for Red Spectralids. Both refer to the Latin word fenestra, meaning "window". Fenestari is genus shared by other Spectralids. This is a mistake, as members of the same genus cannot be in separate families in real-world taxonomy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese イエシジミ科?
Ie shijimi ka
House Lycaenidae family
Flag of China Chinese
Flag of France French papilloptères Portmanteau of papillon (butterfly) and the suffix -ptère (-ptera)
Flag of Germany German Schweberich
Flag of Italy Italian Voltalidi
Flag of South Korea Korean 집바지락나비 과
Flag of Spain Spanish Flotáridos From flotar (float)

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