|Universe||Super Mario Bros.|
Spanish: Escarabajo ("Beetle")
("Green Shield Bug")
Italian: Scarafetor ("Stink Beetle")
|Species Type||Stag Beetle|
|Reproduction||Sexual; lays eggs (presumed)|
|Prey||Human, Bee (presumed)|
|Distinctive Features||Retractable mandibles, Carapace design similar to Stomp Symbol|
|Organization||Small groups; possibly follow larger members|
|Genus||Kuwakabuto (Somarinoa, 2016)|
|Species||skarabee (Somarinoa, 2016)|
Mandibugs are a species of huge scarabs indigenous to the Honeyhive Galaxy, although they can also be found in the Honeyclimb and Puzzle Plank Galaxies, as well. They are notably aggressive towards Bees, as well as to Humans, which they are large enough to eat.
Mandibugs possess a green carapace with an impressive, jagged design on the elytra that superficially resembles the local design known as a Stomp Symbol; it is possible that their shell inspired the design. Interestingly, their mandibles are retractable and housed within an outer set of jaws when not in use.
This species is so large that it has developed into a K-strategist type, and evidence supports the hypothesis that they only produce one offspring at a time. This would easily explain away the existence of what are known as "Mandibugs Stacks", in which a smaller Mandibugs rides a fully matured individual. Considering that the larger of the two flies into a rage upon the death of the smaller one, this is the most logical explanation.
They appear to make use of a hive mind, or at the very least follow larger individuals. One such individual was known as Bugaboom, and is widely considered to have been the de facto "leader" of the Mandibugs. It was several times larger than any other recorded Mandibug, indicating that reaching such a size may either be extremely rare or an unnatural occurrence for their kind.
- Super Mario Galaxy (First appearance)
- Super Mario Galaxy 2