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Spornet In-game icon.
A Spornet.
Appears in Hey! Pikmin
Scientific name Melissans manovenenum
Family Fuzzbuzz
Areas Cavern of Confusion, The Hollow Sky, Pollution Pool, Fragrant Forest, Gale-Force Glen
Attacks Drop toxic puffballs on Pikmin
For the bee-like enemy, see Scornet.

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, reminiscent of a firefly. 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.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
N/A N/A N/A A yellow Sparklium Seed icon, used to represent the object found in the games. × 0 N/A

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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.


  • Brilliant Garden
    • Cavern of Confusion: Spornets are found very commonly throughout this level. They are almost always flying very high in the sky, so the Yellow Pikmin that are provided are needed to attack it.
  • Sparkling Labyrinth
    • The Hollow Sky: They appear here as an extra enemy to be mindful of, along with Crumbugs. They alone as well as their projectiles make the level more difficult.
  • Ravaged Rustworks
    • Pollution Pool: They only appear briefly near the end of the level, close to the bridge that must be built. They act as an obstacle that the player must be careful of while their Blue Pikmin build the bridge. They can be killed, but it is however difficult because the player can't bring Yellow Pikmin until the bridge is built.
  • Leafswirl Lagoon
    • Fragrant Forest: Several Spornets are also found throughout this area. About halfway through the level, there is an open room with two doorways in the area's "backside". Next to each of the doorways is a Spornet. Two more appear in the section after the player goes through the doorway. These are a bit trickier to defeat, since they are higher and above a stick. The final one is close to a vine leading to the Ominous Vault.
    • Gale-Force Glen: Spornets appear quite commonly in this level. There are small groups of about two scattered across the area, usually above sticks and leaf platforms. They are relatively easy to defeat, since the level supplies the player with Winged Pikmin and not too many appear at once.


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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.

They can also die by touching a platform that is moving up, like the can in The Hollow Sky.[1]


Hey! Pikmin logs

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.


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See more: Fuzzbuzz family#Naming.
  • Common name: Spornet. It 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.
  • Japanese nickname: ワタオトシバチ?, lit.: "Cotton Dropping Bee".
  • Japanese name: ドクワタオトシバチ?, lit.: "Poison Cotton Dropping Bee".
  • Scientific name: Melissans manovenenum. Mano and venenum are Latin for "drop" and "poison", respectively.
  • Internal names: Unknown.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ワタオトシバチ?
Wata Otosi Bachi
Cotton Dropping Bee
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Pluiswesp Fluffwasp
Flag of France French Vespitox From latin vespa (wasp) and toxique (toxic)
Flag of Germany German Flauschwespe Fleecewasp
Flag of Italy Italian Pecchia tossica Toxic bee
Flag of South Korea Korean 솜털투척벌
Flag of Spain Spanish Avispardo From avispado (sly, clever)


See also[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video where a Spornet dies by touching the rising can (at 53:12), published on July 22nd, 2023, retrieved on August 17th, 2023