Pokémon, a ridiculously addicting video game for the Game Boy way back in 1995, has now become one of the most beloved game franchises the world has ever known. Ever since its release, it has accumulated a huge number of media products, ranging from more video games, to movies, to an animated TV show, and even various kinds of toys and merchandise. Created by Satoshi Tajiri, it revolves around the idea of a human player going on a journey to catch more powerful Pokémons (also known as pocket monsters) as he or she progresses through its fictional world.
The Pokémon themselves are a marvel to discover as most of them are obviously derived from real – world counterparts. For example, Psyduck very closely resembles a platypus, while Squirtle’s look is based on that of our normal, common turtles. The broad spectrum of animals that they resemble are remarkable; they can range from mammals, fishes, and even insects!
Much like our normal world where bugs are constantly subjected to some form of pest control when necessary, insect-like Pokémons are also kept in check by the humans who capture them. But what kind of Pokémon are they, you may ask, and what are they like?
In the following list, you will find 3 Pokémons that are actually based on real insects – while emulating its powerful, fictional counterpart is surely not possible, content yourself with the fact that they actually exist – at least in the visual sense.
Based on the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar, Caterpie is a good starting Pokémon for beginners who want a bug-type in their arsenal. In the real world, though, they’re far from being able to fight, especially in their state as a caterpillar… or as a butterfly. As one of the most common species of butterfly that can be found in the Eastern United States, they’re mostly harmless; they spend most of their time feeding on the nectar of flowers such as those of the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae families.
Looking at the cute Pokémon version, one would not be faulted for inferring that its real world counterpart would look just as adorable and complex. Well, they might not be as glamorous, but they’re certainly just as impressive – Leavanny is based on twig-like, leafy insects known as “walking sticks”, or more precisely, Phylliidae. These insects are some of the most remarkably camouflaged organisms in the entire animal kingdom with their appearances very closely resembling leaves – some of them even sport “wilted” areas of their bodies to really give off that authentic leafy look!
As its name suggests, the Nincada is based on our real world Cicadas. They’re known for their loud songs and they feature prominently in Chinese lore. They represent carefree living and immortality; some even consider them good luck and keep them as house pets much like any other would with a cat or dog. Other times they’re eaten deep fried.
Bugs are an integral part of any natural ecosystem, and in this case, even Pokémon’s! However, keep in mind that in the real world not all bugs should be tolerated as much because collecting them won’t do you good. Instead, call on pest control as it is the most necessary form of action to battle them.