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Large, grasshopper-like insects that first appeared in Nintendo's 1994 Super Metroid Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) video game. Not unlike Metroids, Beetoms are life energy leeches. Utilizing its powerful hind legs, a Beetom will leap onto any organism that gets too close, and, once fastened, feed until either its host is dead or the insect is forcefully removed.

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

(* The numbers given are approximations, as the dimensions of this figure can vary depending on how the back legs are positioned.)
2.0 cm/0.8 in. x 3.1 cm/1.2 in. (highest point x widest point)

Eight points in the back legs (hip, double-jointed knees, and ankles).

About half a day on November 6, 2008.

Beetom photo collage.

For comparison purposes, below are two images of Beetoms taken from the Super Metroid video game. The first photo depicts Samus Aran stumbling upon a couple of Beetoms in Norfair. The second is an animation of a Beetom feeding on Samus--notice that its eye changes from green to red while draining life.

(In no particular order of importance.)

  •   Super Metroid SNES video game and instruction manual.

  •   GameFAQs Super Metroid information/game guides.

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