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Concept artwork featuring two Buzzbites
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Buzzbites are insect-like enemies in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They inhabit several levels of the game, namely Jagged Jewels, Vine Valley, and Five Monkey Trial. Buzzbites rapidly rotate their legs around their stubby bodies in order to move along platforms, walls, and grassy layers. Their appearance is that of a violet colored beetle with cream and indigo striped legs. The Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima guide claims that Buzzbites are completely indestructible[1], whereas they can actually be defeated with a barrel. Buzzbites will harm Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong upon direct contact and drain a heart from their health counter, but can be avoided with a jump.

Firebites are an alternate version of Buzzbites that can only be encountered in Perilous Passage. Though they behave the same as Buzzbites, they also leave short fire trails behind them.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グルット
From「グルグル」(guruguru, an onomatopoeia for spinning) and possibly "tot"

Italian Punzolo
Possibly from "punzar" (the Spanish verb "to puncture") and the Italian diminutive "-olo"
Spanish (NOE) Zumbicho
From "zumbido" (buzzing sound) and "bicho" (bug)


  1. ^ "You can’t defeat them. Just jump over them, since they will cause harm if they touch you." Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 26.