The Ravenous Whiskerpillar (ハナゲイモ?, lit.: "Nose Hair Caterpillar") is an enemy in Pikmin 2. These enemies are not harmful to the Pikmin, but are dangerous to the Burgeoning Spiderwort plants. They will eat the berries on the plants, which are necessary to make sprays. They can be found in the Awakening Wood, the Perplexing Pool and the Wistful Wild; each time, they are near two or more Burgeoning Spiderwort plants. When confronted on a Burgeoning Spiderwort, they will drop off the plant and burrow into the ground, giving the player a chance to attack it. Strangely enough, when killed, they don't seem to be dead; carrying them will make them squirm and emit more of their hissing, and a spirit does not appear. Just before they are pulled into the Onion, they struggle and hiss even more rapidly. The in-game Piklopedia states that they are a larval form of another creature, but it says that mature specimens have not been found yet. Interestingly, even though it is the only enemy that does not appear in any underground areas, it has a treasure value of 1 Poko according to the Piklopedia.
“As this species of insect has only recently been discovered, fully mature specimens have yet to be collected. No molting or metamorphosis has been observed during the observation period, making it unlikely that mature whiskerpillars will be encountered anytime soon. Based on active predation by Pikmin, it is believed that the whiskerpillar's place in the food chain has not changed over time.”
“Delicious skillet-seared or sauteed with scallions and a red Genovese sauce.”
If it's on a Burgeoning Spiderwort, send a couple of Pikmin up there to bring it down, then swarm it with the rest when it falls. Otherwise, just swarm it.
If it's on a Burgeoning Spiderwort, then wait for it to eat all the berries and kill it when it hops off of the plant. If on the ground, just punch it until it's dead. If the Rocket Fist upgrade has been unlocked, the third punch can hit the Whiskerpillar only when it's on the very bottom part of the berries.
"Ravenous" means "starving", and "Whiskerpillar" is a combination of "whisker" and "caterpillar". Indeed, the creature is always hungry for berries, and looks like a regular real world caterpillar, but with whiskers. Its Japanese name is ハナゲイモ?, where ハナゲ? is Japanese for "nose hair", referring to its whisker-like hairs, and イモ? is likely part of the word イモムシ?, which means "hornworm" (the caterpillar of a hawk moth).
The creature's scientific name is Lepidoptera pluckieus, where Lepidoptera (being used here as a genus), is the real world order of insects that include moths and butterflies, and pluckieus being similar to the English word "pluck", perhaps related to how the berries removed from the flower could be considered "plucked". Internally, it is called
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