|Armored Cannon Beetle Larva|
|Scientific Name||Granitus chukkulinae|
|Treasure Value||4 Pokos|
This creature, unlike the Decorated Cannon Beetle, has a green shell, and feeds not on large stones, but partially digested bits of ore, given to them by a mature Armored Cannon Beetle. The rocks they shoot also only go straight, instead of being attracted to metal. Like the Decorated Cannon Beetle,
 How to Defeat
Like Fiery and Watery Blowhogs, they will buck off Pikmin on their backs and proceed to attack, usually before the Pikmin can get back up. Therefore, swarming from behind or using Purple Pikmin is recommended. If there are 2 or more lithopods or other projectile-tossing enemies like Careening Dirigibugs and Gatling Groinks, you can make the enemies attack each other by standing near one while another is attacking in your direction. Alternatively, if you do not want to risk losing any Pikmin, like in caves, you can attack with A without any Pikmin in your party. It is possible to position yourself on the side of a armored cannon beetle larva or decorated cannon beetle and continually attack so that the beast will not turn and aim towards you, but instead keep attacking forward. Beware though, because if you are close enough, you will be knocked back and hurt when it bucks. This method can be performed much faster with the Brute Knuckles upgrade.
 Olimar's Notes
This specimen is a lithopod larva. This expedition was unable to confirm the existence of any mature lithopods, leading to concerns that the species was extinct on this planet, but the discovery of the creature in larval form eased such concerns. Lithopods, like flint beetles, use internal metabacteria to aid chemical digestion. These metabacteria can only survive in certain environments, such as within the body of certain insects, so lithopod larvae do not contain any metabacteria immediately after hatching. Larvae feed on partially digested ore regurgitated by the mature lithopods, ensuring that the larvae obtain metabacteria they would not have normally acquired.
 Louie's notes
Carefully remove every grain of sand, peel back the exoskeleton, and slurp heartily!