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Kabutomushi from the arcade version of Donkey Kong 3
First appearance Donkey Kong 3 (1983)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū (1984)
Butterfly (Donkey Kong 3)

Kabutomushi are beetles that appear as enemies in Donkey Kong 3. They appear starting from round 18 (12 in the NES version) and go down to the bottom of the screen, just like Attackers, and then charge across full speed, attempting to hit Stanley.

In Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū, Kabutomushi fly in groups that reach the bottom of the screen. They make their first appearance In the Active Crater, the fourteenth stage. They take one hit to defeat, and are essentially a slower version of the Butterfly.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かぶと虫[1]
Kabutomushi; alternate spelling shared with the beetle from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars


  1. ^ Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū manual.