Iridescent Flint Beetle
|Iridescent Flint Beetle|
|Scientific Name||Pilli envelopens|
|Underground Areas (Caves)||Citadel of Spiders, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den|
This elusive beetle hides underground and, like the Burrowing Snagret, only emerges when the area above it is disturbed. Thankfully, it does no harm to your Pikmin, but your Pikmin cannot harm it either, due to its incredibly tough exoskeleton. They will however, attempt to attack it, sometimes even without instruction, as the Pikmin are mesmerized by it's shiny glow. The Iridescent Flint Beetle moves in short but quick bursts, pausing momentarily perhaps to regain strength or turn. The Pellets they store in their stomachs in case of food shortages can be retrieved by swiftly and accurately tossing a Pikmin on its back. The beetle will then flip over, like the Anode Beetle, only it will immediately recover and continue scurrying around once it has dropped a pellet, usually a "1", but occasionally a "5". Sometimes, Nectar will also fly out. This can be performed as many times as you want before the beetle will bury itself again, but you must be very quick. Try gathering a large group of Pikmin and rapidly tossing them at the beetle so that it doesn't have a chance to get away. The Iridescent Flint Beetle will also bury itself after being on the surface for a while undisturbed, as they are nocturnal creatures and do not like the light.
 Olimar's Notes
Flint Beetles are nocturnal, choosing to hide in the grass by day and stay active at night. These creatures keep undigested food pellets in their stomachs to sustain them through winter, but given the right stimulus they will spit them out. Recent research has revealed that these pellets are enveloped in a membrane that seals and preserves them in a sterile, airtight environment. If kept at room temperature, it seems that this pellet membrane will keep its contents fresh for up to six months. The membrane may be made from the same substance that gives the exoskeleton of the flint beetle its beautiful sheen.
 Louie's Notes
An essential flavor-accentuating ingredient in gumbo and jambalaya. Also delicious in soups, broths, and marinades.
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