Scatterbug is a black larval Pokémon with a relatively large head. Its head is bisected by a line that runs from the forehead to the mouth. It has large beige eyes with square black pupils, a single pointed tooth that pokes out of its mouth, and three white hairs on top of its head. Scatterbug has a three-segmented body with a pair of nubby, beige legs on each segment. A white ruff of fur encircles its neck, and there is a large beige spot on its rear.
Scatterbug eats various types of plants, including poisonous leaves and roots. The poison it ingests is processed and turned into a black powder that it scatters all over its body. This powder causes paralysis on contact, and allows Scatterbug to deter bird Pokémon from attacking. The powder also regulates Scatterbug's temperature, allowing it to adapt to any climate. Grafaiai is a natural predator of Scatterbug.
In Pokémon HOME, only Scatterbug with the formindex value of 0 (Scatterbug with this form index value evolve into Icy Snow form Vivillon) have their eyes facing the camera. All other form index values (1 through 19) have forward facing eyes, as shown above.
Scatterbug and its evolved forms are the only Generation VI Pokémon in the BugEgg Group.
Scatterbug and Spewpa each have 20 forms internally, one for each Vivillon pattern. This determines the form of Vivillon they will eventually evolve into, and is determined when they are first generated.
Scatterbug seems to be based on a caterpillar, specifically, the larvae of carpet moths, which are known for their tendency of eating through fabric and making cocoons from it; or the silk moth, whose larvae produce large amounts of silk.
Scatterbug may be a combination of scatter, bug, and possibly litterbug.
Kofukimushi may be a combination of 粉吹金亀子 kofuki-kogane (Japanese cockchafer), 粉 ko (powder), 吹き fuki (blowing), and 虫 mushi (bug).
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From 粉吹金亀子 kofuki-kogane, 粉 ko, 吹き fuki, and 虫 mushi