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Bob to the left, bob to the right, this new Zebesian dance is out of sight!


(Japanese Name: Zozoro)

I used to be plain green, but Ridley just had to go and turn on the paintball cheat while we were playing Goldeneye.

Those crazy B.S.L. researchers are conducting an experiment to see if they can use my impressive antennae to descramble Cinemax by spinning me in circles.

Brilliantly-hued insect larvae found in Nintendo's 2002 Metroid Fusion Game Boy Advance video game. Psychedelic Caterpillars inhabit the Nocturnal (NOC) module (Sector 6) of the Biologic Space Laboratory complex in orbit around the Planet SR388--as the name suggests, this environment has little light, which suits the darkness-loving organisms being studied there just fine. The luminescent markings of these arthropods are beautiful, but also potentially deadly: Psychedelic Caterpillars disorientate prey by undulating their bodies, creating cascading patterns of color across their flesh that can daze anything that stares at them for too long--once the target succumbs, the wriggling rainbows quickly move in to feed. While these creatures aren't particularly aggressive, physical contact with their antennae will result in a painful sting, which, aside from tasting horrible, is their primary means of deterring larger predators. The B.S.L. entomologists have, thus far, been unsuccessful in getting any of their research specimens to undergo metamorphosis, so, the adult insect form of the Psychedelic Caterpillar is still unknown at this time.

I made this miniature figure as an entry for a "Just Bug Off" insect-themed custom toy contest at Figure Realm.

Newsprint, tissue paper, white glue, wire twist ties, and acrylic paint.

3.4 cm/1.3 in. x 1.8 cm/0.7 in. (widest point x highest point)

Several hours on January 30, 2011.
I didn't like my initial paint job on the finished figure, so I repainted it, and added a tongue, on February 1, 2011. I'm still not crazy about the paint work, but it's better than it was.

Psychedelic Caterpillar/Zozoro photo collage.

For comparison purposes, below are some relevant images from various Metroid Fusion media:

There's nobody in this cave but us Zozoro, and there's certainly not a missile tank hidden in the back of that top left corner ledge.

Those caterpillars down there better not be checking out my ass while I'm hanging here.

Zozoro; Shyutsugen eria: S6; Yuukou na kougeki: Subete.  TRANSLATION: Zozoro; Appears in area: S6; Effective offense/attack (to use against): Everything.


  •   Nintendo Game Boy Advance Metroid Fusion video game.

  •   Various GameFAQs Metroid Fusion game guides.

  •   Metroid Fusion enemies Google images search (that's how I found the animated sprite used at the top of the page, as well as the Japanese player's guide bestiary entry).

  •   NJStar Japanese Word Processor program (I used this to help me translate the Japanese player guide entry above--place your mouse cursor over the image to read it).

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