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A Trapeetle in Super Mario Odyssey
Artwork of a Trapeetle from Super Mario Odyssey.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
“It CAUGHT me!? I can't get away!”
Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey
A Trapeetle latching on to Cappy in the Lost Kingdom.
A Trapeetle preparing to explode

Trapeetles are spherical beetle enemies with two large hands, purple chameleon-like eyes and a spike on top. They appear exclusively in the Lost Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey. Their name is a portmanteau of "trap" and "beetle". Upon the first time Mario tries to throw Cappy at the enemy, the Trapeetle will catch him in its hands to Cappy's surprise. After glowing red and charging up, the Trapeetle will shoot forward quickly at wherever Mario is and explode on impact. While flying, Trapeetles are not affected by gravity - if they shoot over a ledge, they continue moving forward without falling, similar to Bullet Bills. Mario and Cappy can use a Trapeetle's attack to their advantage by luring it into tackling destructible rocks, which can clear the paths or reveal hidden items inside.

The brochure for the kingdom warns heavily against them, referring to their explosive behavior as "a tragic display seen absolutely nowhere else in nature."[1]

A concept design for the Trapeetles depicted them as Bob-omb variants with suction cups for feet.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャッチムシ
Kyacchi Mushi
Catch Insect

French Raflard
From rafler (to grab by force) and the pejorative suffix -ard
German Schnappäfer
Contracted form of Schnapp Käfer ("snap beetle")
Italian Rapinsetto
Portmanteau of rapire ("to kidnap") and insetto ("bug", "insect")
Korean 캐치벌레
Kaechi Beolle
Catch Bug

Russian Жук-хватун
Catching Beetle

Spanish Atraparásito
Portmanteau of atrapar ("to catch") and parásito ("parasite")