Honeywisps (ピキマキ?, lit.: "Pikmin Fuel") are creatures found in the first two Pikmin games. They float across the air carrying nectar (in Pikmin) or an egg (in Pikmin 2), and tend to glow and make high pitched cries, appearing and disappearing out of thin air if a leader passes nearby set places where they can show. A Honeywisp's egg, like any other, may contain nectar, a spray drop, or Mitites.
“This creature collects nectar for the larvae waiting in its nest.”
“This floating life-form drifts effortlessly on the winds. Upon death, its physical structure instantly collapses, and as the creature is particularly elusive and difficult to catch, no sample specimens have been acquired as of yet. If we could simply recover a live sample, research on this species would likely proceed more smoothly...”
“Although the eggs are small, the yolk has a distinctly bold and
tangy flavor. Try tossing a few in a pan along with your choice of meat andfresh vegetables and cook up a country scramble!”
Olimar's voyage log
“This timid creature flies around collecting nectar from flowers. It typically hides itself, but shaking flowers can reveal its presence. The nectar it collects appears to be the Pikmin's favorite food. They instantly bloom when they eat it.”
Honeywisps appear only when approached and disappear after a short amount of time. They float a considerable distance above the ground at a slow pace, and they take no note of the presence of leaders or Pikmin, unless attacked, at which point they will feverishly drop their nectar or egg and vanish. They are frequently found grouped in a general area, though not all will be activated at the same time.
The Honeywisp is a constantly airborne enemy. As such, it can only be killed with Pikmin. If a Pikmin is thrown at one, it will vanish and drop its nectar. Yellow Pikmin are your best option due to their high throwing arc. When trying to take down a Honeywisp or a group of Honeywisps, its usually fine to throw quickly with less precision to take them down, as there is no risk in fighting them unless other creatures are nearby.
Neither White nor Purple Pikmin are especially effective against this creature, and it cannot be petrified in any way.
The name "Honeywisp" is a combination of "honey", due to the sack of nectar it carries in the first game, and "wisp", a mythical entity that resembles a floating lamp's light; effectively, the Honeywisp faintly emits light and floats about. In Japan, the creature is called ピキマキ?, which translates to "Pikmin Fuel", with "Piki" being a shortening of "Pikmin", and the "fuel" part referring to the fact that its nectar is a great source of nutrition for the Pikmin.
Its scientific name is Nektara fatuus, with Nektara being close to the Latin nectaris, or "related to nectar", and fatuus being the Latin word for "silly", perhaps due to its blissfully ignorant nature. Internally, it is called
Names in other languages