The Spornet (ワタオトシバチ?, lit.: "Cotton Dropping Bee") is an enemy found in Hey! Pikmin. It is a small flying insectoid creature with a large, glowing abdomen. It has a yellow face and blue body with two small antennae and big red eyes. It attacks by hovering in the sky with its bee-like wings, and dropping toxic spores on Captain Olimar and Pikmin.
Spornets fly in a set path, and will only deviate if they spot Pikmin. Once they spot a target, they will drop a purple-colored fuzzball that will fall to the floor. If any Pikmin touch this, or are caught underneath this when it lands, they will be killed. If they lose sight of their target, they will resume their patrol.
Spornets do not drop any Sparklium when killed.
Spornets can be taken out with a single Pikmin throw. They are often found high above the ground, and are best dealt with using Yellow Pikmin. Although groups of them can be overwhelming, killing one will immediately destroy its spore, if it's currently falling. With good aim, you can kill the Spornet before the Pikmin hits the spore.
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“Not many bees prefer isolation, but this one does. It wards off intruders by dropping toxic puffballs on them. I admire its independent spirit, but there must be an easier way to live.”
The Spornet’s name is a portmanteau of the words "spore" and "hornet". The spore part of its name comes from its purple spore-like projectiles, and the hornet part of its name is due to the fact they resemble hornets. Additionally, the family name "Fuzzbuzz" is a portmanteau of fuzz (referring to the Spornet’s fuzzy abdomen), and buzz (referring to the sound a bee, or hornet makes).
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